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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
Workshop co-organizer Suad Younan, middle, encouraged the Holy Land church to use its prophetic voice and tools to challenge ecclesiastical and socio-political fixtures, during the launch of the gender justice policy in Arabic. Photo: LWF/E. Neuenfeldt
25 May
Open dialogue and training at Holy Land gender justice seminar
Gender Justice Policy, Arabic
25 May
LWF publishes Gender Justice Policy in Arabic
The Arabic version of the LWF Gender Justice Policy was launched at the workshop in Beit Jala. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
23 May
Changing laws and patriarchal attitudes go hand in hand
Gender Justice Policy, Elaine Neuenfeldt, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
23 May
Arabic version of LWF Gender Justice Policy launched in West Bank and Gaza
At the 1-3 April synod of the Polish Lutheran church, many theologians and congregation members took part in discussion on women’s ordination to pastoral ministry and supported the move. Photo: Beata Michalek
11 Apr
Ordination of women in Poland: “The church is on the way”
Women, Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland
11 Apr
Advocating for a church with women in ordained ministry
UNFPA's Dr Azza Karam (left, speaking) said the situation in Brazil, as presented by Rev. Cibele Kuss (right), highlighted the need to share experiences about religious intolerance across similarly affected countries in the South. Photo: LWF/C. Rendón
23 Mar
Interfaith collaboration can reduce gender inequality
Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, Islamic Relief Worldwide
23 Mar
Religious fundamentalism threatens sustainable development
Ghadeer Altawil at her work station in Beit Hanina. Photo: LWF/ Jerusalem
8 Mar
Young women with a knack for electronics
Jerusalem, Women, women's rights, women's empowerment, women's human rights, International Women's Rights Day, IWD2016
8 Mar
LWF vocational training centers reach out to female students
Radeer Attawil's story is one of many featured this year in celebration of International Women's Day. Photo: LWF/ Jerusalem
8 Mar
International Women's Day 2016
International Women's Rights Day, IWD2016, IWD, Women, women's empowerment
8 Mar
Celebrate women’s achievements, support their struggles against injustice
Women-friendly space in Davudiya refugee camp, Northern Iraq. Photo: LWF/ Seivan Salim
7 Mar
Where lives and cultures meet
Iraq, Women, women's rights, women's empowerment, women's human rights, International Women's Rights Day, IWD2016, Iraq Crisis
7 Mar
A place for women in northern Iraq helps women cope with displacement
Bowba mint Brahim and Aichetou mint Khayling demonstrate their solar panels. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
7 Mar
Women engineers brighten the village
Mauritania, International Women's Rights Day, IWD2016, Women, women's empowerment
7 Mar
Community development project trained Mauritanian women handle solar batteries
Women’s centre in Kingston, Jamaica, offering education to young mothers so they can continue their education after giving birth. Photo: WCC/Peter Williams
19 Nov
Faith-based coalition promotes 16 days of activism to overcome violence against women and girls
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
19 Nov
From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for all
Bishop Emmanuel Panchoo declares Rev. Elizabeth Prasad an ordained pastor of the Madhya Pradesh Lutheran church, one of the first women to be ordained in the church. In the foreground, Rev. L.K. Khakha, another of the four women to be ordained by the church for the first time. Photo: ELC-MP/Nima David
13 Nov
A dream comes true in India’s church ministry
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh (ELC-MP)
13 Nov
Four women in historic ordination in Madhya Pradesh Lutheran church
"The gender justice policy "speaks to us and about us," says Helsinki Bishop Irja Askola. Photo: ELCF
29 Sep
Growing towards inclusive community in the Finnish church
Gender Justice Policy
29 Sep
First Nordic translation of LWF Gender Justice Policy
Dr Helen Kijo-Bisimba, of Tanzania (left), and Rev. Solange Yumba wa Nkulu, DRC, at the women’s rights advocacy training in Geneva. Photo: LWF/P. Mumia
10 Jul
Strengthening advocacy capacity for women’s rights in faith-based organizations
women's advocacy, WICAS, Gender Justice, women's human rights, advocacy training
10 Jul
LWF and partners workshop facilitates access to UN mechanisms
Olga Tshiwewe (WCC), Iman Sandra Pertek (IRW) and Dr Elaine Neuenfeldt (LWF, from left) discuss during the side event on violence against women at the Human Rights Council. Photo: LWF/C.Kästner
17 Jun
Faith-based organizations issue statement at Human Rights Council
Interfaith, Human Rights, Gender Justice
17 Jun
“Common vision to protect dignity of girls and women”
Women's meeting prior to Asia Church Leadership Consultation. Photo: LWF/Christy Chok
16 Apr
Rooting Gender Justice in Biblical, Theological and Local Contexts
Gender Justice Policy, Leadership, Women
16 Apr
LWF WICAS Affirms Women’s Contribution to Inclusive Church in Asia
Panelists at the LWF-WCC side event at the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, in New York, 12 March. Photo: Mikka MacKraken/ELCA
13 Mar
Gains and Challenges for Churches, 20 Years after Beijing
women's advocacy, United Nations, Women, WCC, Gender Justice
13 Mar
LWF Jointly Hosts Side Event at UN Commission on Status of Women
Theology, Leadership and Gender Justice
27 Feb
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary with "Women on the Move"
Women in Ordained Ministry, Diakonia. Theology, Lutheranism, Gender, Gender Justice Policy
27 Feb
News in Brief
Gender Justice Implementation Workshop, Warsaw Poland. Photo: Michał Karski
12 Dec
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland Holds Conference on LWF Gender Justice Policy
Gender Justice Policy
12 Dec
Focuses on Polish Context, Churches say NO to Violence Against Women
“NoXcuses” logo in the chapel of the Ecumenical Center, Geneva. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
25 Nov
LWF Joins International ‘No Excuse for Violence Against Women Campaign’
Gender Justice, Violence, noXcuses
25 Nov
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Photo: Torbjørn Kjosvold / Senado Federal do Brasil under Creative Commons, Share-Alike (CC-SA)
10 Oct
2014 Nobel Peace Prize: Honoring Dedication to Freedom and Education
Education, Children, Women, Youth
10 Oct
LWF Congratulates Joint Winners Malala Yousafzay and Kailash Satyarthi
WICAS Asia 2014 meeting participants. Photo: LWF/Olivia Payung
29 Aug
WICAS Network Meeting in Asia Highlights Contribution of Women to Lutheran Reformation
Member Churches, Gender Justice Policy, Gender Justice, WICAS Asia 2014, Migrants
29 Aug
Women on the Move in Asia; When Gender Justice and Recognition Join Hands