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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, peacebuilding, 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, inter-religious 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...
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea take part in activities for the 2019 campaign against Gender-Based Violence. Photo: ELCPNG/Asenath TUBIAN 
25 Nov
16 days to step up action against gender-based violence
Member Churches, Advocacy, Communion Building, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women
25 Nov
The Lutheran World Federation is calling for stronger efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, with more resources made available to organizations working towards this goal.
LWF project manager in Nepal, Gautam Yagya, briefs a local community about the LWF COVID-19 response during a handover of medical equipment at Morang hospital, Nepal. Photo: LWF Nepal
13 Nov
Empowering faith actors as gender justice advocates
Advocacy, CEDAW, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, women's rights, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Communion Building, women's advocacy, Women
13 Nov
The rice fields and forests of Morang in eastern Nepal are a world away from the magnificent halls of Geneva’s Palais des Nations. But for three weeks this autumn, Yagya Gautam, project manager for...
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 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.
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge at the LWF’s Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2017. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
20 May
LWF General Secretary announces he will step down in 2021
General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF, council, Governance, Council 2021
20 May
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge announced today that he will be stepping down from his position on 31 October 2021, three years before his term ends.
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...
The LWF calls on governments in Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America to take necessary measures to protect medical personnel. Photo by pina messina on Unsplash
12 May
COVID-19: Medical personnel must be protected
LWF member churches, Women, Gender Justice, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
12 May
The LWF has expressed concern over recent attacks on health care workers in Latin American countries and North America because of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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...