International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March represents an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide.  

The 2016 theme is a “Pledge For Parity” — in other words a pledge for gender justice. It is a time to reflect on how far we've come and just how far we still must go before women around the world truly achieve gender justice.

The LWF program for Women in the Church and Society (WICAS) continues its focus on Gender Justice, and shows how even small improvements in a woman's right to protection, equality and economic empowerment can have a positive impact on the world in a monumental way.  For instance, for LWF member churches' work in East and Central Africa, the women's desks are seeking more effective strategies to fight female genital mutilation (FGM). 

Looking at the work being done across the global landscape, LWF's Department of World Service will focus on how women have gained traction in their respective countries.  Whether they are engineers brightening up their village in Mauritania; women who are seeking ways to escape camp life in Iraq; or women who just have a knack for electronics in Jerusalem, the LWF celebrates the vastly different ways in which women are striving to achieve their professional and personal goals, making a difference for themselves, their families and their communities.

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