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Chanset, an ethnic Khmu girl in northern Laos, with school uniform, books and other items provided by LWF as part of a program to provide access to quality education for girls. Photo: LWF/P. Simayvanh
1 Oct
LWF calls for urgent action on women’s rights
Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Statement, women's rights, women's empowerment, CEDAW, Advocacy, Women, Climate, SDGs
1 Oct
The LWF is urging world leaders, meeting at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 1 October, to “safeguard the gains made in gender equality and women’s empowerment and to commit to further...
An activist against sexual violence in conflict speaks up during an LWF event together with the Mukwege foundation in November 2019. LWF is working with the Mukwege foundation and SEMA, a global network of survivors to end wartime sexual violence in 21 countries. Photo: LWF/ L. Gillabert
28 Sep
Human Rights Council: Concern about sexual violence in South Sudan
Statement, Women, Advocacy, Human Rights, human rights council, Violence, gender-based violence, sgbv, Protection, Gender Justice
28 Sep
The LWF has expressed “deep concern” about the high incidence of sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan.
The United Nations headquarters in Geneva where the 45th regular session of the Human Rights Council is taking place. Photo: Unsplash/Mat Reding
24 Sep
Statement urges lifting of unilateral sanctions
Human Rights, Humanitarian Access, Diakonia, Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement
24 Sep
The LWF has joined with other faith-based organizations to underline the negative impact that sanctions have on the most vulnerable members of society.
A Greek volunteer waves at a refugee boat in the Aegean Sea, directing it toward a safe place to land on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
23 Sep
Christian organizations representing 2.8 billion people call for more compassionate EU migration policy
Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement, Human Rights, Migrants, Europe, refugees protection, Ecumenical
23 Sep
LWF joined Christian organizations worldwide in a statement on the dire situation of migrants and refugees in Europe, calling for a more compassionate approach. Together, the organizations signing...
Rihab George, senior nurse in the outpatient unit of the Augusta Victoria Hospital, disconnects a bag of antibiotics from a child patient. The hospital offers specialized treatment to Palestinians which is not available to them elsewhere. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
LWF calls for health care without discrimination for Palestinians in Gaza
AVH, Jerusalem, COVID19, WS / COVID19, Advocacy, Children, health, security, occupation, Human Rights, child rights, human rights council
11 Sep
The LWF is again raising the alarm on the difficult health care situation for Palestinians living in the Gaza strip. LWF has signed onto a statement with, the Association of International Development...
A brochure titled “The critical role of faith actors in national climate debate” published recently in English and Spanish explains the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which are part of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the contribution faith actors can make. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
31 Jul
LWF brochure: “The critical role of faith actors in national climate debate”
Advocacy, Climate, LWF member churches, LWF Publications
31 Jul
An LWF guide with the title “The critical role of faith actors in national climate debate” published recently in English and Spanish explains the Nationally Determined Contributions, and the faith-...
Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
24 Jul
LWF publication on “Transformative Readings of Sacred Scriptures” available in German
LWF Publications, Public theology, Interfaith, Muslim, inter-religious dialogue, Muslim-Christian
24 Jul
The LWF publication Heilige Schriften heute verstehen: Christen und Muslime im Dialog. The German edition of the publication Transformative Readings of Sacred Scriptures: Christians and Muslims in...
A group of ex-combatant families have purchased and now cultivate 36 hectares of land in the territory of San José de León, Colombia. They now live in the emerging community, which hosts a small restaurant, various committees for community organization and development, and which cultivates the land through agriculture, poultry and fish farming. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Jul
G20 urged to take ambitious action in the wake of the COVID-19 and economic crises 
Ecumenical, Advocacy, COVID19, MC/COVID19, coronavirus
13 Jul
The LWF, together with the World Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches and Council for World Mission, calls on the Group of 20 to utilize the “unprecedented opening to...
Carlos Hernandez migrated from Olancho, Honduras, a region heavily affected by climate change and social violence. Photo: Sean Hawkey/ LWF
8 Jul
COVID-19: Interfaith forum calls for protection of human rights
coronavirus, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Climate, COVID19, MC/COVID19
8 Jul
The global pandemic of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and climate change are both heavily affecting those already vulnerable, and aggravating the human rights situations in many countries. To...
The two annual reports are available for download as resources on the LWF website. Montage: LWF/ S. Gallay
3 Jun
Annual Reports highlight humanitarian, development, and advocacy work
Annual Report/Report, World Service, rights-based approach, Diakonia, Women, Advocacy, Refugees, internally displaced people, IDP, Human Rights, UPR, Children's rights, child rights, humanitarian
3 Jun
The LWF has issued two annual reports highlighting its humanitarian, development and advocacy work in 2019. They complement the global LWF Annual Report 2019, which was issued in early May.
An olive tree in Jerusalem, symbolizing the hope for peace in the Middle East. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
20 May
LWF joins inter-agency call against annexation of Palestinian territory
Palestine, Israel, Jerusalem, West Bank, Human Rights, Advocacy
20 May
The LWF joins a call by the Association of International Development Agencies on the Government of Israel to forgo plans to further annex areas of the occupied Palestinian territory, includi­­ng much...
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique with the Union of Protestant Churches in Alsace and Lorraine writes her daily reflection on 9 May. Photo: Wolff-Bonsirven
19 May
COVID-19: leading the church in post-crisis world
Theology, Ecumenical, Lutheran theology, Public theology, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Youth, Women, death, Deepening Faith, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19
19 May
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, is an ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique’ or leader of the church in Alsace-Lorraine in eastern France. In mid-March she became sick with the COVID-19 virus, just as the death...
Christian communities worldwide should be models for an economy of life in their own contexts urge the global Christian organizations. The photo shows LWF livelihoods projects in Nepal. LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
COVID-19: Adopt an Economy of Life, urge global Christian organizations
Theology, Lutheran theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, coronavirus, COVID19, Christianity, WS / COVID19
15 May
In a joint message, the LWF, WCC, WCRC, and Council of World Mission have urged governments to bolster support for healthcare and social protection. They further called for debt cancellation and the...
Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 May
Working together for justice, peace and reconciliation
Annual Report/Report, Lutheran theology, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Climate, Communion Office, Member Churches
15 May
The LWF Annual Report for the work carried out in 2019 is now available. The report highlights the Communion Office collaboration with churches as they witness in their local and global contexts, and...
Internally displaced Rohingya girls at a camp in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Phyo Aung Hein
12 May
Put age, gender, diversity at heart of IDP policies
Youth, girls, Children's rights, child rights, IDP, internally displaced people, Human Rights, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Women, #withrefugees
12 May
The LWF has joined a collective of NGOs calling for a more inclusive approach by States and other authorities dealing with Internally Displaced People.
Women’s support groups and helplines are reporting an alarming increase in the numbers of calls they have received since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced in many countries of the world. Photo: Mattia Ascenzo
30 Apr
COVID-19: Churches in frontline against ‘silent pandemic’
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's advocacy, Gender Justice, sgbv, gender-based violence, women's rights, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
30 Apr
As new data emerges about an increase in domestic violence since the start of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, the LWF leaders have joined the United Nations in warning about this “silent pandemic...
For the most vulnerable people access to sufficient and clean water is essential at times of climate change as well as during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In Minawao camp, a young woman waits for her bucket to fill up at one of the tapstands. The Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees, located in the North region of Cameroon, hosts some 58,000 refugees from North East Nigeria. The refugees are supported by the Lutheran World Federation, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Apr
Earth Day: Acting to prevent hardship and suffering in the future
Climate, Climate Change, Earth Day, Climate Justice, COP, COP26, Interfaith, COVID19, coronavirus
22 Apr
Observing today’s Earth Day, the LWF, together with other inter-faith groups active at UNFCCC conferences has issued a statement. It calls on the UNFCCC, all governments, and all people, to build...
LWF Global Young Reformers Erika Rodning (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) and Fernanda Zuñiga (Lutheran Church in Chile) during a march through the streets of central Madrid as part of a public contribution to the United Nations climate meeting COP25, urging decision-makers to take action for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
22 Apr
Earth Day: Rethinking our ecological footprint
LWF member churches, Climate, Climate Change, Earth Day, Climate Justice, COP, COP25
22 Apr
Earth Day which is observed on 22 April was an occasion for two young climate activists to measure their ecological footprint. Observed since 1970 and promoted by the United Nations as the...
Churches and agencies are calling on the U.S. government “to extend compassion and help to those who are in need” at this time of global pandemic. Photo: LWF/ Shaban Mortaja (Juzoor Gaza)
27 Mar
COVID-19: Churches in U.S. call for end to Middle East sanctions
Gaza, Syria, Palestine, United States, United Nations, COVID19, coronavirus, Ecumenical, Advocacy, MC/COVID19
27 Mar
In light of the growing crisis because of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, an ecumenical coalition of U.S. based Christian churches and agencies working in the Middle East has written to...
Seeking asylum is a human right, Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries insist and EU member States have both a legal commitment and a moral obligation to support people escaping from oppression and persecution. In the image, Oreokastro refugee camp outside of Thessaloniki, Greece. Photo: Håvard Bjelland/Kirkens Nødhjelp
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic leaders call on EU to support refugees
Ecumenical, refugees protection, Human Rights, Refugees, church, LWF member churches, ecumenical relations, coronavirus
11 Mar
Lutheran and Catholic bishops in the Nordic countries have issued an unprecedented joint statement urging Europe’s leaders to act responsibly towards refugees fleeing from violence and conflict...
LWF delegates at COP25 in Madrid join other faith-based organizations to pray for urgent and just action to find a way out of the climate crisis. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
26 Feb
LWF joins prayer chain for climate justice
Climate Justice, COP26, COP
26 Feb
Churches and individuals urged to take part in 10-month initiative leading up to COP26 climate summit