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Obongi district, Uganda an LWF staff member speaks with the local community and provides support for women and children. LWF uses a local to global to local methodology where advocacy is conducted at the global level feeding back into efforts at the national and local levels. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Jun
Human rights council: advocating with communities from local to global to local
human rights council, Advocacy, LWF member churches, Women
16 Jun
The 50th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) started this week, The Action for Justice unit leads the Lutheran World Federations’ (LWF) advocacy work at the sessions, connecting local...
Demonstrators at a ‘Youth and Public Empowerment Day’ during COP26 in Glasgow last November. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
23 Mar
CSW66: Young people call for action not words
Member Churches, Advocacy, Climate Justice, Gender Justice, CSW
23 Mar
Five young climate activists have called on world leaders to listen and engage meaningfully with women and youth who are worst affected by climate change.
Women from Gawar in northern Cameroon building energy efficient clay stoves, as part of an LWF environmental program. Photo: Tcheou Tcheou ABEL
17 Mar
CSW66: Women must lead the way out of climate crisis
Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Women
17 Mar
Women may be more likely to die in climate related disasters, but they are also increasingly driving the movement for cleaner energy sources and more sustainable ways of living. During a panel...
A Ukrainian refugee, Masha, with two of her children, at an aid station at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border on 2 March 2022. Masha, her husband and nine children fled from near the Crimean Peninsula and are receiving aid at a shelter where ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid is assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: FCA/Antti Yrjönen
8 Mar
Uphold rights and dignity of women fleeing conflict
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, Women, International Women's Rights Day, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, women's human rights, women's empowerment
8 Mar
On International Women’s Day, the Lutheran World Federation’s General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt has called upon “the international community, churches and leaders worldwide to work together to...
Women taking part in Focal Group Discussions for post-conflict communities in Pader district in northern Uganda. All photos: LWF Uganda
9 Feb
LWF urges Uganda to protect vulnerable women
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Adjumani Refugee Settlement, CEDAW, women's human rights
9 Feb
The LWF and partner organizations working in Uganda are calling on the government of the East African nation to enact reforms and implement existing legislation on the protection of women in...
Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina, LWF vice president for Africa. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
10 Dec
16 Days: theologies of anger, resistance and hope
Theology, Lutheran theology, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Studies, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Women in Church and Society, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Public theology, women's empowerment
10 Dec
Gender justice activists from different parts of the Christian world met together on 8 December to discuss ways of responding to the ongoing injustice, discrimination and violence against women in...
Participants at a women's march in Oakland in 2019. Photo: Thomas Hawk (CC-BY-NC)
7 Dec
16 Days: ‘Missing and Murdered’ victims of femicide
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Ecumenical, Diakonia, women's rights
7 Dec
The dramatic plight of women and girls who end up ‘Missing and Murdered’ was under the spotlight during two webinars organized in the context of the 16 Days of activism to end gender-based violence.
Ms Phelister Njile from Tanzania’s northern Shinyanga region, a participant at the 29 November event in Dar es Salaam which brought together doctors, researchers, faith leaders and key partners to end gender-based violence. All photos: Zacharia Osanga
3 Dec
Tanzania: faith leaders highlight rights of people living with disabilities
Gender Justice, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, albinism, disability
3 Dec
The vital role of religious leaders and faith-based organizations in ending gender-based violence was at the heart of a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 29 November entitled ‘A wealth of...
Dr Bijaya Bajracharya, Country Director of LWF Nepal, Rev. Liria Consuelo Preciado of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Colombia and Rev. Denver Grauman of the Moravian Church in South Africa shared experiences of their work to combat gender-based violence. Photos: Panelists’ own.
25 Nov
16 Days: LWF steps up commitments to end gender-based violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, LWF member churches, Advocacy, women's rights
25 Nov
At the start of the 16 Days campaign to end gender-based violence , the LWF has reaffirmed its “unwavering commitment” towards ending "one of the gravest forms of violations of the human rights...
Rev. Dr Angela Olotu, Dean of the theology faculty of the Tumaini University Makumira in northern Tanzania. Photo: Erick Adolph/ELCT
23 Nov
Tanzanian church hosts regional gender justice resource hub
Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Women, Lutheran theology, women's empowerment, women in leadership
23 Nov
The LWF sees theological education as a way to promote systemic change for greater gender justice in the church and in society. That principle was at the heart of the launch, in October, of the...
Participants in the online training included Lillian W. Kantai, LWF Kenya-Somali Program (left) and Sabrina Senger, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photos courtesy
17 Sep
A new phase in faith-based advocacy for gender justice
Action for Justice, Human Rights, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, faith-based organizations, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's advocacy, women's human rights
17 Sep
At this year's annual women’s human rights training by faith-based organizations, which after six years of international gatherings is shifting to a more regional-based approach, utilizing the...
With the LWF Rapid Response Fund, 35 women living in poverty in the UELCI member church areas have regained their livelihoods. A tiffin owner serves lunch. UELCI
17 Aug
COVID-19: India’s churches help women achieve economic independence
Rapid Response Fund, MC/COVID19, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Gender Justice, Livelihoods
17 Aug
As tailoring requests from the Lutheran congregation in the Chindwara region of India began to pour in, other women took notice of the formerly impoverished mother of five daughters, now, an...
Webinar showcases churches’ work to bring support and hope to survivors of human trafficking. Photo: Hermes Rivera on Unsplash
3 Aug
Churches must join forces to combat crime of human trafficking
Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Gender Justice, Human Rights, women's empowerment
3 Aug
On the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, survivors shared stories of escaping from their traffickers and helping others to find hope in the wake of such deeply traumatic experiences. The...
Art campaign in Bonn, Germany, on the international day against domestic violence. Photo: Mika Baumeister via Unsplash
1 Jul
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for increased efforts to combat violence against women
Action for Justice, Gender Justice
1 Jul
In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has called for increased efforts to combat violence against women.  ...
In the LWFs women’s networks, lay and ordained women strengthen and support one another in prayer and action. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Evaluation and outlook for women's network in Central and Western Europe
Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
10 Jun
The WICAS network met for an online conference on 2 and 3 June. Twenty-five participants from LWF member churches in the region attended the conference with the theme "Churches raising their...
Ms Christine Mangale of the Lutheran Office for World Community in New York, speaking at a session of the CSW61 Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
22 Apr
Urgent task of implementing women’s rights
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Gender, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's empowerment, Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, CSW, women in leadership, women's human rights, Women's Leadership
22 Apr
A month on from the 65th session of the UN’s CSW, the work has only just begun for Lutheran delegates back in their home countries, who are tasked with monitoring, implementing and holding their...
Through the project De la Guerra a la Paz (From War to Peace), the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia accompanies three communities in the Antioquia region, supporting both ex-combatants and the communities they live alongside. Supporting more than 300 families, the project seeks to alleviate the risk of re-victimization or relapse into violent conflict. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Mar
Women brokering peace in conflict and crisis
Gender Justice, Gender, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Women, CSW, United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women, peace building, women in leadership
25 Mar
Research has repeatedly shown that conflict resolution and peace processes that involve women are much more likely to succeed. Yet despite this, women still make up a very small minority of...
Rev. Dr Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, coordinator of LWF’s Latin American and Caribbean Gender Justice Network and Ms Faustina Nillan, ELCT’s National Director for women and children Photo: Private; Doug Hostetter
23 Mar
Lutheran women share stories of changing social norms
Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women and girls, faith and women’s empowerment, women's advocacy, Advocacy, Women’s human rights advocacy training, Gender, Gender Justice, Ecumenical, Interfaith
23 Mar
“Let us be prophetic voices of freedom and justice, even when social norms are difficult to change.” That was the call to action from Rev. Dr Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, a member of the LWF...
Panelists Marcia Blasi, Elitha Moyo, Tamar Haddad and Liria Preciado at the CSW event on ‘Women of Power: Leading together for a better future’. Photos: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano; LWF/Albin Hillert; Private; IELCO
17 Mar
Shaping new narratives of inclusion and equality
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, CSW, Theology, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, Commission on the Status of Women, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, faith and women’s empowerment
17 Mar
From ancient Greek mythology to 21st century politics, women's voices have been routinely silenced, suppressed and excluded from the public square. Churches and faith-based organizations today...
LWF’s delegation to the 65th Commission on the Status of Women brings vital voices of women and girls to ensure a gender just lens on COVID-19 response and recovery. (File photo taken before the start of COVID-19) Photo: Life on Earth photos/Sean Hawkey
12 Mar
Gender-just lens needed for COVID-19 recovery
Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Interreligious Dialogue, women and girls, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, UN Women, Women, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, United Nations, COVID19
12 Mar
The LWF will be taking part in the 65th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) from 15 to 26 March 2021. A delegation of over seventy lay and ordained women and men...
Past, present and future Lutheran women in leadership discuss challenges and progress in breaking barriers to affirm women’s rights and equality. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
9 Mar
Breaking barriers: LWF women in leadership
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Communion, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Youth, Women, women in leadership, Women's Leadership, International Women's Rights Day
9 Mar
What can be done to break down barriers that prevent women from fulfilling their potential and reaching top leadership positions in the church and in society? That question was at the heart of a...
Women of faith have a vital role to play in rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Panelists’ own
9 Feb
Women's voices for interfaith engagement
Gender Justice, Interfaith, Women, Interreligious Dialogue, women in leadership, World Interfaith Harmony Week, COVID19
9 Feb
Women of faith have a vital role to play in promoting more effective dialogue and cooperation in a world struggling to overcome the divisive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. That conviction was...
An Afghan refugee family in a Greek refugee camp, 2015. Photo: LWF/ J. Schreier
15 Dec
"Blessing and opportunity for Europe”
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Refugees, Migrants, Children, Protection, Child Protection, refugees protection, Interfaith, faith-based organizations
15 Dec
Two weeks before the Christian world celebrates a God who comes into the world as a refugee child, a two-day conference “From faith to action“, brought together faith-based organizations such as the...
Rev. Dr. Gibson Ezekiel Lesmore (left), AACC director for Peace, Diakonia and Development, presents the Patron of Gender Justice Champion in Africa award to LWF President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa. On the right is Ms Rhoda Ezekiel. Photo: ALCINET/Felix Samari
15 Dec
LWF President Musa receives 'Patron of Gender Justice Champion' award
Advocacy, Gender Justice, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
15 Dec
The Lutheran World Federation President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa has received the "'Patron of Gender Justice Champion in Africa" award for his leadership "in the fight...
The Federation of Evangelical Women in Italy focuses on women’s health and wellbeing in a dossier for the 16 Days of activism to end gender-based violence. Photo: Unsplash/Christopher Campbell
10 Dec
Italian Protestants publish women’s health dossier
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Communion Building, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Women, women's advocacy, COVID19, MC/COVID19
10 Dec
Women’s health, from life in the womb, through puberty to menopause, is the subject of a series of reflections published by the Federation of Evangelical Women in Italy (FDEI) as part of their...
LWF staff take part in house-to-house sensitization around gender-based violence in Kyangwali refugee settlement in western Uganda Photo: LWF/Uganda
26 Nov
Shadow Pandemic: educate and legislate to end sexual violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Ecumenical, interf, Advocacy, Women, women's advocacy, Gender Justice
26 Nov
To prevent violence against women and girls, we need “to tackle deep rooted cultural and religious beliefs” at community level, at the same time as strengthening legislation and support for survivors...