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Rev Dr Elaine Neuenfeldt holding a bible study at the CEC General Assembly. Photo: Mladen Trkulja/CEC
4 Jun
Finding justice in context
CEC, DTPW, member church, Serbia, WICAS, bible, Bible Study
4 Jun
Bible study at CEC assembly highlights issues of justice and the responsibility of the church
The UEPAL consistory meeting had a long discussion before adopting the statement. Photo: UEPAL/ Bernard Guillot
1 May
French churches push for gender equality at all levels
Gender, WICAS, Women, Youth, France, UEPAL
1 May
Statement on balance and equity between women and men in the church endorsed
María Cristina Rendón, program assistant in LWF Women in Church and Society speaks at the panel discussion. With her is LWF delegate Larry Madrigal Rajo, and Iman Sandra Pertek (right).
26 Mar
Faith actors vocal in promoting women’s rights
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, CSW, panel discussion, equality
26 Mar
Voices of LWF and other faith-based organizations (FBO) have been heard at a parallel event to this year’s 62 session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.
LWF Communion Office staff participate in a workshop on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. The workshop followed the 2017 Assembly commitment to focus work on eliminating sexual and gender based violence. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Mar
Preventing sexual harassment in the office: from policy to practice
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, IWD, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Church and Society, International Women's Rights Day, women's day, women's empowerment
8 Mar
The LWF continues its work to ensure a safe workplace that extends beyond policy to practice.
Participants in the WICAS western Europe meeting discussed the gender equality and the MeToo movement. Photo: Photo: LWF/A.Weyermüller
26 Feb
Fair living and working conditions for women
#metoo, Women, church, society, empowerment, Gender Justice, gender balance, equality
26 Feb
Women in Central Western Europe discuss the gender gap and “MeToo”
Girls perform in a play against gender-based violence at the Peace Oasis in Za'atari refugee camp. Photo: LWF Jordan
6 Dec
An oasis of peace against gender-based violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, gender-based violence, Gender, Women, LWF Peace Oasis, Za'atari Refugee Camp
6 Dec
As the global community is mobilized for 16 days of activism against gender based violence, men and women in the Za’atari refugee camp have shared experiences and a moment of peace.
In an interview marking the 16 Days of advocacy against Gender-Based Violence Rev. Dr Faith Kokubelwa Lugazia called on churches to work and pray together for justice in the world. Photo: LWF
1 Dec
Knowing Who We Are Key to Ending Gender-Based Violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, gender-based violence, faith and women’s empowerment
1 Dec
Tanzanian theologian Rev.
A group of women participants at MLC’s jubilee. Photo: MLC
25 Nov
Precious in God’s Eyes
Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, women's advocacy, gender-based violence, Advocacy, WICAS
25 Nov
16 days of activism to overcome gender based violence
LWF president Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa speaking at the VELKD General Synod in Bonn, Germany. Photo: epd/Norbert Neetz.
17 Nov
“The Reformation must continue”
LWF President, Gender Justice, Reformation, VELKD
17 Nov
LWF President Musa speaks to VELKD General Synod
More than 120 pastors from 18 countries campaigned for women’s ordination in Wittenberg, Germany. Photos: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
16 Aug
“Here we stand!”
Leadership, Women
16 Aug
A visual message from Wittenberg on women’s ordination
Bishops and other women in church leadership positions met in Wittenberg, Germany, to reflect on their experiences and to share advice and support. LWF/Marco Schoeneberg
15 Aug
“Sister, carry on!”
Leadership, Women in Church and Society, Reformation 2017, Reformation 500
15 Aug
WICAS meeting of bishops and women in church leadership
Rev. José Pilar Álvarez Cabrera, president of the Guatemala Lutheran Church, gives his testimony on human rights' defenders at the advocacy training by faith-based organizations, held at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva. Photo: LWF/Peter Kenny
14 Jul
Protecting human rights’ defenders
WICAS, advocacy training, women's human rights, Gender Justice
14 Jul
Annual training helps to bring local concerns to the global arena
Participants in a group meeting at the faith-based organizations' training on advocacy for women's human rights, co-hosted by the LWF and other FBOs. Photo: LWF/Peter Kenny
12 Jul
Gender-based violence concerns "all of humanity"
Gender Justice, Women, WICAS, World Council of Churches, CEDAW
12 Jul
Faith-based organizations affirm greater engagement in fighting for women’s rights
Rev. Suyapa Ordoñez (left) from the Christian Lutheran Church of Honduras and Rita Flores, Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church, participated in the July 2016 FBOs’ training on women’s human rights, and attended the 64th CEDAW session at the United Nations in Geneva. Photo: LWF/C. Rendón
3 Jul
Strengthening advocacy for women’s human rights
Human Rights, CEDAW, Women, faith-based organizations
3 Jul
LWF gathers faith-based organizations at training around CEDAW session
Delegate of the Women's Pre-assembly delivers the message to Twelfth LWF Assembly delegates. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
10 May
Freedom from violence and full participation
12th Assembly, Gender Justice, Women in Chuch and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry
10 May
Women’s Pre-Assembly message to the Twelfth Assembly
LWF Women Pre-Assembly, Windhoek, Namibia, 3-9 May 2017. Photo: LWF/Brenda Platero
9 May
“Claim what is already ours”
12th Assembly, Gender, Women in Ordained Ministry, Women in Chuch and Society
9 May
The long way towards women’s ordination in Poland
Basanti Chaudhary in the KPUS office. Photo: LWF/ Chandan Shilpakar
8 Mar
The dream of freedom
women's rights, Human Beings - Not for Sale, not4sale, Women
8 Mar
A former house servant becomes an advocate against bonded labor
Attacked while fleeing South Sudan, Amina, 17, is now in the care of the Lutheran World Federation at Palorinya refugee camp, northern Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
7 Mar
A total absence of law
gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Refugees, South Sudan Crisis, emergency response
7 Mar
LWF supports survivors of gender-based violence in South Sudan
Presenting the Women’s Message at the Africa Pre-Assembly symbolized by the four wings of a windmill are (from left) Faustina Manyangu (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania), Council member Titi Malik (The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria), and Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon). Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
9 Feb
A strong message from Africa’s women
Women's Pre-Meeting, Africa Pre-Assembly, LWF Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Assembly 2017
9 Feb
Women on the Move to Windhoek
The 25th anniversary celebration highlighted the various ministries in which ordained women serve in India’s Lutheran churches. Photo: LWF/P. Lok
25 Oct
A movement to transform the churches in India
Women's Ordination
25 Oct
25 years of women’s ordination celebrated
Rose Nathike Lokonyen in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center, where the LWF is based. Lokonyen will be one of the speakers at Malmö arena. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
30 Sep
Rose Nathike Lokonyen to speak at Malmö arena
Joint Commemoration, Joint Commemoration of the Reformation, Kakuma, Rose Nathike Lokonyen
30 Sep
Refugee athlete to give testimony at Ecumenical Commemoration
Current and past bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, with the first eight female clergy in the Northern Diocese, which recently marked 25 years of women’s ordination. Photo: ELCT/Richard A. Mmbaga
23 Sep
More than 250 female pastors and growing
Women's Ordination, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT)
23 Sep
Celebrating 25 years of Lutheran women’s ordination in Tanzania’s Northern Diocese
LWF WICAS secretary Rev. Dr Elaine Neuenfeldt and regional coordinators Dr Mary Streufert (United States), Elizabeth Arciniegas Sanchez (Colombia) and Rev. Marcia Blasi (Brazil), at the women's pre-meeting for the Pre-Assemblies for Latin American & the Caribbean and North America, in Paramaribo, Suriname. Photo: LWF/P.Mumia
30 Aug
Churches’ prophetic voice critical in struggle for gender justice
women's advocacy, WICAS, Gender Justice
30 Aug
Women in LWF’s LAC and North American regions prepare for Twelfth Assembly
Fleeing the horrors of the DRC, Shantal quickly stepped up to become a role model in the LWF camp at Rwamwanja, Uganda. Photo: LWF Uganda
18 Aug
Defying the odds to become a role model
World Humanitarian Day 2016
18 Aug
Rape survivor a tireless worker for refugee women’s rights in Uganda
Women delegates from LWF member churches in Asia make paper windmills at the Women in Church and Society meeting, held before the regional Pre-Assembly. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
15 Aug
Asian women delegates gather to prepare for the Assembly
Asia Pre-Assembly, Women, 12th Assembly
15 Aug
LWF Women on the Move program, Gender Justice Policy introduced at regional meeting
 An LWF participant at the gender justice training course, Rita Flore, says the pain of discrimination drives her determination to overcome the situation. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
12 Jul
Faith organizations sharpen human rights skills
Gender Justice, CEDAW, United Nations
12 Jul
LWF one of the leaders of workshop promoting justice for women
Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 Jun
“Deeply saddened" by Latvian church decision against women’s ordination
Women in Ordained Ministry, Council 2016
20 Jun
LWF Council statement on women in the ordained ministry
The Pre-Council meetings were held on 16 June.
17 Jun
Women and Youth Pre-Council Meetings: A day in pictures
Council 2016, Women, Youth
17 Jun
Upholding women in the ordained ministry and the role of youth.
At five consecutive Assemblies, LWF member churches stated their common goal of including women in the ordained ministry. A plenary vote during the 20-27 July 2010 LWF Eleventh Assembly in Stuttgart, Germany. LWF/J. Latva-Hakuni
6 Jun
Affirming women’s ordination as our shared goal
Women's Ordination, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia, ELCL, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
6 Jun
LWF General Secretary’s statement on Latvian Synod decision
Namibian Lutheran pastor Rev. Lyauvika Nashuuta distributes the sacrament at the closing worship of the 2015 international Global Young Reformers’ Network workshop in Wittenberg, Germany. Photo: LWF/Marko Schoeneberg
2 Jun
More than 80 percent of LWF churches ordain women
Women's Ordination
2 Jun
Survey affirms move towards a more inclusive ministry