Advocacy. Human rights. Justice. Peace. Religious freedom.


Advocacy is an LWF priority. We understand that holistic mission includes proclamation, service, and advocacy.

We aim to be a reliable and effective voice for justice, peace, and human rights. We want our member churches to have strong capacities for public witness on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed people.

We bring to an international stage the grassroots experiences of our member churches and country programs. 

Service and advocacy reinforce each other. Our diaconal experience gives credibility to our advocacy. When our advocacy is successful, it leads to greater opportunities for service.


 

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Faith and Protection

LWF participation in the 2012 UNHCR's Dialogue on Faith and Protection offered an example of the potential for our advocacy.  The dialogue brought together faith leaders to consider what faith says about protection of refugees and other forced migrants. We are representing the Christian voice in the dialogue’s follow-up.

Office for International Affairs and Human Rights

OIAHR coordinates LWF public policy development and orchestrates its advocacy. We represent the LWF and undertake advocacy on behalf of the communion in the United Nations and other international forums. We act as a focal point on international affairs and human rights for staff, member churches, and partners.

Partners

LWF member churches

Our member churches have a fundamental concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. They are witness to, and sometimes their members are victims of, violence, injustice and exclusion in many parts of the world. Their members suffer along with the communities in which they minister.  As churches they are called to respond to such situations with God’s message of love, peace and reconciliation.

LWF World Service country programs

Our World Service country and regional programs serve vulnerable people, without discrimination.  They are witness to situations of injustice and use a rights-based approach.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

We are one of UNHCR’s oldest and largest implementing partners. We work with UNHCR to improve humanitarian policy and practice.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

 As an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), we have the opportunity to bring matters of human rights concern to the UN.

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

We hold a priority relationship with this body.

Ecumenical Advocacy Partners

We coordinate our advocacy efforts especially closely with the World Council of Churches, ACT Alliance, and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.  

Collaboration with other LWF departments

The Office for International Affairs and Human Rights provides advice for the Department for World Service, and for the regional area secretaries in the Department for Mission and Development.

LWF advocacy milestones