Women For Mission is an association of around 500 members whose aims according to the statutes are to arouse and strengthen the interest for mission, to make visible the situation of women and strengthen their position in church and society and to support the international work of Church of Sweden.
How it started
The young student Elin Silén was challenged by the Indian women's lack of higher education and the Swedish women's lack of knowledge about mission. In 1903 she took the initiative to establish The Mission Association of Swedish Women and succeeded to get several influential women on the board. Local associations were established in order to learn more about mission and collect money. For several years a travelling secretary was employed to give mission lectures to these associations. The association kept a close contact with missionaries, especially female missionaries, and expanded their interest to women on other continents.
The name of the Association was changed to Women For Mission during the '80s.