International Women’s Day: Liberating religion from Australia to West Papua

International Women's Day: Liberating religion from Australia to West PapuaTo mark International Women’s Day, the ABC’s Soul Search hears from two remarkable women – worlds apart – on their experiences of liberating religion and women from within their religious and cultural contexts.

Jessica Bellamy
Jessica Bellamy’s new play, A is For Apple, will be on at the Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney from 29 March to 9 April 2022. Jessica Bellamy is a Melbourne-based playwright.

Her latest offering, A is for Apple, introduces audiences to 12-year-old Shoshana on the eve of her Bat Mitzvah – but she has one lingering question: what even is a Jewish woman?


Rode Wanimbo
Rode Wanimbo sits in the doorway of a traditional hut called kunume in Lani, and bilamu in Walak. Image: Supplied

Rode Wanimbo is the chairperson of the Women’s Department of Evangelical Church of Indonesia and is devoted to the liberation of West Papua and restoring God’s image in humanity.

Among many other achievements in this role, she started a small women’s group that is committed to decolonising the Bible – reconstructing the interpretation of biblical texts to champion women in the Pacific.


Christians praying
Christians praying in the central Highlands of West Papua. Image: Supplied: Rode Wanimbo

Program Details

Duration: 54min 5sec
Broadcast: Sun 6 Mar 2022, 6:05pm
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Presenter: Meredith Lake

Producers: Karen Tong and Nadyat El Gawley

Sound engineer: John Jacobs

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