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Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea take part in activities to launch 20 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Photo: ELCPNG/Asenath TUBIAN
5 Dec
16 Days: Churches stand against gender violence 
Member Churches, Women, gender-based violence, Advocacy
5 Dec
LWF member churches organize activities promoting ‘Awareness, Action and Accountability’  ...
Survivors of sexual violence in conflict take part in a three-day training program in Geneva and call for action to end impunity, stigma and silence surrounding such crimes. Photo: LWF/L. Gillabert
29 Nov
Breaking the silence about sexual violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, Violence, survival, Advocacy
29 Nov
On 28 November, a group of women representing national SEMA networks in DRC, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi and Colombia brought their personal testimonies to a public event in Geneva University. They...
Men and women take part in discussions on gender justice at the Ohn Taw Gyi South camp for displaced Rohingyas near Sittwe, Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Phyo Aung Hein
25 Nov
16 Days: End violence against women & children
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Theology, Diakonia
25 Nov
In Asia, LWF Myanmar is using the 16 days to reinforce its long-standing commitment to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence in the workplace and in wider society.
Participants in the Global Consultation of Women doing Theology gather outside the Warsaw conference center where they are reflecting on biblical texts and relate them to the challenges they face in their churches today. Photo: LWF/P. Hitchen
15 Nov
Searching for treasures of Lutheran tradition
LWF gender justice policy, Women in Church and Society, Theology
15 Nov
Women doing theology ask: What does the gospel say about gender in the church today?
Women leaders from Eastern, Central and Western Europe participated in a Worship Service at Warsaw’s Holy Trinity Lutheran church during a regional consultation on ‘Faith, Gender Justice and Women’s Human Rights’. Photo: LWF/Agnieszka Godfrejów-Tarnagórska
13 Nov
Sharing stories, reforming structures
Advocacy, Women, Theology, Member Churches, Communion Building, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
13 Nov
Women from European churches meet to discuss ways of overcoming injustice, discrimination and violence 
The “Theatre of the Oppressed” was one of the methodologies practiced to collect information on community level. Participants clearly enjoyed the session, despite the serious topic. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
7 Nov
Justice, dignity and hope 
Theology, Women, Advocacy
7 Nov
Women’s human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations  ...
Indonesian church leaders meet with the President of the Republic’s special envoy on interfaith relations and intercultural dialogue, Professor Syafiq Mughni (center). Photo: LWF/Isaac Henry
7 Oct
Asian church leaders call for greater interfaith cooperation
Interfaith, Interfaith discussions, inter-religious dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue, Leadership, Youth, Climate, Lutheran theology
7 Oct
The Asia Church Leadership Conference has concluded in Indonesia with a call to all churches to work more closely together with other faith communities to promote urgent issues such as gender justice...
Pastors and evangelists at a crisis drop-in center, run by the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS) in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. Photo: LWF/P. Hitchen
1 Oct
Implementing gender justice in Asian contexts
Women in Chuch and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Asia
1 Oct
Lutheran women from across Asia meet in Pematang Siantar, Indonesia, to discuss ways of overcoming violence and promoting gender justice
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
KELC South Coast Church District Gender Justice public participation forum in Mombasa, Kenya. Photo: L. Mwololo
19 Jul
Kenya moving towards gender equality in church and society
Gender Justice, Women Ordination, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Chuch and Society, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
19 Jul
Rev. Catherine Ngina Musau, head of the Gender Justice Program in the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church says the status of women in her country is improving gradually but there are still challenges...
The LWF was part of a delegation that recxently met with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mukwege Foundation
10 Jul
Call for state responsibility in fight against sexual violence in DRC
conflict, gender-based violence, Violence, Women, women's advocacy, Advocacy
10 Jul
The LWF is among five civil society organizations calling on the DRC government to urgently assume its fundamental obligation to combat sexual violence in a country where the rape of women and girls...
Youth members of the LWF Council gather ahead of the 13 to 18 June meeting Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Jun
Young Lutherans raise concerns at Council 2019
Council 2019, pre-council, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women, Gender Justice, Climate Change
21 Jun
Young Lutheran ordained and lay leaders from different parts of the globe gathered in Geneva for a Pre-Council meeting, voicing concerns about gender justice and climate change as well as more...
Five LWF vice-presidents: from left to right, Desri Maria Sumbayak, Propstin Astrid Klein, Archbishop Antje Jackelen, Rev. Jeannette Ada Epse Maina and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
13 Jun
Promoting gender justice in church and society
Council 2019, pre-council, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women in Church and Society, Women, Gender Justice, Youth, Women in Ordained Ministry
13 Jun
Working together to challenge patriarchal structures and attitudes was at the top of the agenda as participants in a Pre-Council meeting on women gathered in Geneva to share stories and plan...
Members of the panel discussing prospects for peace and human rights in Colombia. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
11 Jun
Churches pledge support for Colombia’s human rights defenders
Ecumenical, Human Rights, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's rights, Colombia, Peace
11 Jun
The international community must do more to support those seeking to be a prophetic voice for justice and peace in Colombia today. That was the appeal from members of the Bogotá-based inter-church...
Participants at the Oslo workshop on Freedom of Religion and Gender Equality. Photo: Stefanus Alliance
6 Jun
Bridging the gap between gender justice and religious liberty
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, SDGs, Waking the Giant, United Nations, women's human rights, Climate Change, Education, Peace
6 Jun
The LWF joined around 30 other Faith Based Organizations to discuss the intersection between the right to religious freedom and women’s rights, within the framework of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable...
Bishop Patricia Davenport, ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Photo: Bob Fisher-SEPAComm
31 May
Bishop Patricia Davenport: Ministry on the front lines
Women in Chuch and Society, women in leadership, Voices from the Communion, member church, racism, Interfaith, ELCA
31 May
The first black woman bishop in the ELCA reflects on her church’s work to combat racism and build a ‘beloved community’
From left to right: Ordained pastors of the Mexican Lutheran Church; Karina Carmona, José Alcantara, Sofía Tenorio, Ángela Trejo, David Brondos, Roberto Trejo and Moisés Espino following the worship service celebrating 10 years of women’s ordination. Photo: L. Tenorio/ILM
12 Apr
Mexican church marks 10 years of women’s ordination
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women in Ordained Ministry, Gender Justice, Women Ordination, women in leadership
12 Apr
The recent celebration of 10 years of women’s ordination in the Mexican Lutheran Church was an occasion to reaffirm the church’s commitment to empower and encourage both women and men to contribute...
In Uganda, LWF’s humanitarian work includes support to people who have fled conflict in neighboring South Sudan and DRC. At the Rwamwanja refugee settlement, Congolese Zubert Masuku is now a highly skilled fashion designer, who also trains fellow youth for free. Photo: LWF/ S. Nalubega
9 Apr
Human Rights Council: Concern for conflict-affected populations and people with albinism
DRC, South Sudan, Myanmar, albinism, UNHRC, United Nations Human Rights Council, Rakhine Crisis, IDP, internally displaced people, gender-based violence, Human Rights, peace building
9 Apr
The human rights situation in Myanmar, DRC and South Sudan, and access to justice for people living with albinism were key topics for the LWF through four oral statements and a side event at the 40th...
Faustina Nillan, national director for women and children in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo: Doug Hostetter
19 Mar
UN side event highlights churches’ successes in furthering Sustainable Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, North America, Colombia, Liberia, Tanzania, United Nations, Event, Peace, advocacy training, Education, Peace-building, hunger, Women, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Diakonia, Ecumenical
19 Mar
At a side event on 12 March, organized during the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, participants gave an overview of the LWF’s “Waking the Giant” initiative, which aims to...
Lutheran delegation on the first day of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 11 March, 2019. Photo: Rich Copley
15 Mar
Advocating for women’s access to social protection
Interfaith, UN Women, Commission on the Status of Women, faith and women’s empowerment, Advocacy, CSW
15 Mar
Lutheran women and men from around the world are taking part in the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, advocating for increased partnerships between governments and faith-...
LWF Communion Office staff marked the 2019 International Women’s Day by taking part in activities on gender justice. This included quizzes, book presentations and reflections from General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Mar
LWF celebrates International Women’s Day 2019
Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Justice Policy, women's advocacy
8 Mar
In order to raise awareness around gender justice issues, the LWF Communion Office marked International Women’s Day 2019 with a program of prayer, various activities and a reflection from General...
Ms Kausilya Damai, member of the local government of Nawadurga Rural Municipality in western Nepal. Photo: LWF Nepal
8 Mar
Nepal: Woman leader Damai chronicles her journey from bondage to leadership
women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, gender-based violence, Women, Women in Church and Society
8 Mar
Continuous empowerment toward a dignified life is at the core of LWF’s work among freed Haliyas in western Nepal.
Icelandic pastors and bishops after the consecration of Rev. Agnes Sigurðardóttir as bishop of Iceland in 2012 (seventh from right, front row). Bishop Guðmundsdóttir is fifth from the left in the front row. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
28 Feb
Church of Iceland offers equal opportunities for women
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women Ordination, women in leadership, Youth, Youth Participation
28 Feb
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland takes gender justice seriously and prides itself on offering equal opportunities for women in the workplace.
Viviana Machuca (left), representing the Colombia inter-church platform DIPAZ, and Sara Lara (right), director of the human rights program of IELCO, in Geneva for the CEDAW shadow report on Colombia, meet with Rev. Dr Martin Junge (center), LWF General Secretary. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
26 Feb
Colombia: Pushing for peace and women’s rights
CEDAW, Colombia, women's human rights, Human Rights, General Secretary Martin Junge
26 Feb
Colombia’s hard won peace accords are at risk in the current political climate. That’s the view of a civil society delegation from the South American nation that presented a shadow report to the...
Paula Müller-Otfried (center, standing) was the first woman to be elected to the regional synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover in 1921. In the political arena she stood for election to the Weimar National Assembly in 1919 and won a seat in the Reichstag in 1920. Photo commissioned by the DEF: Kasch, A.; Th. Möller Nachf., Stralsund; AddF, Kassel, Sign.: NL-K-16, D-F1/00045.
13 Feb
Germany: The long road to equal rights for women in leadership
Women, Women in Church and Society, faith and women’s empowerment, women in leadership, women's empowerment, women's advocacy
13 Feb
The year 2019 marks 100 years since women obtained the right to vote in Germany. While celebrating this significant anniversary, a new study has shown that the country’s Protestant churches still...
Acolytes of the Lutheran Church in Liberia prepare to lead the march protesting all forms of violence in the Thursdays in Black campaign. All photos: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
13 Dec
Liberia’s Thursdays in Black campaign amplifies efforts to end gender-based violence
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Advocacy, Women, women's advocacy, women and girls, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence
13 Dec
...The launch of a Thursdays in Black campaign by the Lutheran Church in Liberia recently was a public call for action against violence directed at women and girls.
(From left) Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for gender justice and women’s empowerment; Kathrin Wallrabe, ELCS equal opportunities officer and WICAS regional coordinator for Central Western Europe; Bettina Westfeld, LWF Council member and vice-president of the ELCS synod. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
29 Nov
Participation of women and men is a theological issue
Women in Church and Society, Leadership, women in leadership, Human Rights, LWF Twelfth Assembly, Twelfth Assembly, Women
29 Nov
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony has passed a law to recognize the fundamental issue of gender justice in the composition of church governing bodies.
A group of participants in LWF's transformative education program for freed Haliyas in Baitadi, Nepal. Photos: LWF Nepal
28 Nov
From silent humiliation to advocacy for social change
Gender Justice, gender-based violence, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's empowerment
28 Nov
Education and awareness create a safe environment for marginalized Haliya women in Nepal, and leads to other community activities.