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(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
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.
Rev. Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for Gender Justice and Women's Empowerment. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
23 Nov
LWF’s invitation to “Walk our Talk” and end violence against women and girls
Women, Women in Church and Society, WICAS, empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Human Rights
23 Nov
This year’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls is an opportunity for the Lutheran communion “to renew and reaffirm our deep commitments toward ending sexual and gender-based viole
Silvia Beatrice Genz has been elected the first woman pastor president of the IECLB. She is flanked by Pastor First Vice President Odair Braun (right of picture) and Pastor Second Vice President Mauro Batista.
22 Oct
First woman pastor president elected to Brazilian church
Women in Chuch and Society
22 Oct
The Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil has elected a woman president for the first time.
Dr. Denis Mukwege at the Lutheran World Federation's Twelfth Assembly. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
5 Oct
Keynote speaker at LWF Assembly awarded Nobel Peace Prize
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5 Oct
LWF has congratulated physician Dr Denis Mukwege who with human rights activist Nadia Murad has received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018
In Voices from the Communion, LoeRose Mbise of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says education and awareness-raising are critical if violence against women and girls is to be tackled. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Aug
Supporting women and girls in the struggle to end violence
Voices from the Communion, council, Council 2018, women and girls, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, child marriage, gender-based violence, Women, girls, Education, schools, Peace
16 Aug
In a video interview for Voices from the Communion, LWF Council member LoeRose Mbise, who works as general secretary of a diocese of the church, talks about the distressing effect of child marriage an
Steering committee of the Women’s human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations. Photo: LWF/George Arende
10 Jul
“Cooperation is a strength and a powerful signal”
Women, Human Rights, faith-based organizations, WICAS, Women’s human rights advocacy training, UN Women
10 Jul
LWF General Secretary welcomes partnership between FBOs and UN on women’s rights
Jillian Aballe (World Council of Churches), Christine Löw (UN Women Geneva liaison office) and Christine Mangale (Lutheran Office for World Community) sit on a panel during the women's human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations, held in Geneva. Photo: LWF/George Arende
5 Jul
Putting women’s rights on the UN agenda
Women, Human Rights, faith-based organizations, WICAS, Women’s human rights advocacy training, UN Women
5 Jul
Feminist faith actors will be critical to ensuring the Sustainable Development Goals are implemented, the director of the UN Women liaison office in Geneva has told a women’s human rights training run
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