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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...
A group of nursery gardeners, themselves Nigerian refugees, work in a tree nursery in the Minawao camp for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon in 2019. Planted across 20 so-called ‘green spaces’, a five-year planting and harvest cycle provides firewood, vines for building roofs, and a step in alleviating environmental impact in and around Minawao. The refugees are supported by the LWF, together with a range of partners. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
15 Sep
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change
Human Rights, human rights council, Climate Change, Interfaith, Advocacy
15 Sep
As part of the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights, the LWF has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to establish a Special Rapporteur mandate on...
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...
Attendees at a side event at the United Nations in Geneva on using the Universal Periodic Review as an instrument for peace building rooted in human rights in Colombia. Photo: Peter Kenny"
15 Jul
Protect civic space in post-pandemic recovery
Human Rights, UNHRC, Advocacy, Action for Justice, COVID19, human rights defender, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, UN Human Rights Commission
15 Jul
The 47th session of the UNHRC ended on 13 July, adopting resolutions which include a key commitment to protecting the “essential role of civil society” in the post-pandemic period. The LWF has been...
Photo: Nick Fewings via Unsplash
2 Jul
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for increased efforts to combat extreme poverty
Human Rights, human rights council, Poverty, Advocacy
2 Jul
In a statement to the UN Human rights Council, the LWF, the WCC, and ACT Alliance have called for increased efforts to combat extreme poverty.
Photo by Sam Moqadam on Unsplash
24 May
COVID-19 response must include ‘Health for all’
COVID19, Ecumenical, Interfaith, Advocacy, Human Rights, LWF General Secretary, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, ecumenical relations
24 May
The LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has joined other leaders of religious and humanitarian organizations in calling for a global ‘Health for All’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
A Mbya Guaraní farmer in Ka’a Kupe community, Misiones province. All photos: Hora de Obrar
13 May
Argentine diaconal foundation lauds LWF’s dedication as it qualifies for new EU funding
Diakonia, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Food Security, Human Rights, indigenous people, Minorities and Indigenous People
13 May
From its beginnings as a department for diakonia in the Evangelical Church of the River Plate (IERP) through its recognition as an outspoken advocate for the rights of indigenous communities in...
A traditional meal is served in Hadiya, south central Ethiopia. Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF
20 Apr
"People are not starving, they are being starved”
Livelihoods, quality services, country programs, Protection, Diakonia, Women, Famine, Human Rights, Advocacy, Youth
20 Apr
The LWF has joined more than 200 aid organizations in a call to fight hunger and famine worldwide. In an open letter published today (20 April), the organizations call upon states and national...
Patients receive Dialysis treatment at the Augusta Victoria Hospital. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert.
9 Apr
LWF welcomes plans for restoration of U.S. assistance for East Jerusalem hospitals
AVH, Diakonia, quality services, Human Rights, Palestine, COVID19
9 Apr
The LWF welcomes plans for the restoration of U.S. funding to the Palestinians, which will include much needed support for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network. The funding had been cut in 2018,...
A group of children in Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: ALWS/ Julie Krause
10 Mar
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for protection of children in South Sudan
Justice, Human Rights, Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, human rights council, Statement, Public Statement, Children, Child Protection, Protection, sgbv, gender-based violence, early marriage, Violence, Faith and Protection
10 Mar
The LWF has raised concerns about the situation of children in South Sudan. “South Sudanese children are inadequately protected against the worst forms of violence,” LWF Regional Program Coordinator...
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson. Photo: Richard Orange/Radio Sweden
16 Feb
Faith groups raise voices of refugees and asylum seekers
Public theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, inter-religious relations, Human Rights, Advocacy, #withrefugees, Refugees, refugees protection, Welcoming the Stranger
16 Feb
Swedish Lutheran Sister Karin Johansson knows just how difficult it is to change the minds of legislators and decision makers responding to the influx of refugees in her native country. For the past...
Photo: LWF
4 Nov
Appeal for peace in Cameroon after school attack
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, Human Rights, Peace, reconciliation, Violence, LWF General Secretary
4 Nov
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge has sent a message of support to LWF member churches in Cameroon, following an attack on a school which killed at least six children and injured a...
Mobile devices have become the key source of information, more and more replacing traditional media. Photo: Unsplash
29 Oct
Between faith and fake news
Public theology, media, webinar, Theology, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Education, Human Rights, social media
29 Oct
More understanding of social media tools, and more cooperation between faith communities and civil society is needed to counter the flood of fake news and the subsequent polarization of the public...
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...
"Solidarity should be the guiding principle governing migration and particularly refugee reception".  Refugees in Hungary, September 2015. Photo: Ujvári Sándor/MTI
22 Sep
Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”
Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement, Human Rights, Migrants, Europe, refugees protection
22 Sep
A dozen global and regional religious organizations released an advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe that defines their calling as Christians to “welcome the...
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...
The Lutheran Center in Tiaong, Quezon Province, a Lutheran Church in the Philippines ministry, gathers in April with social distancing. Photo: LCP
5 Aug
Being the church in times of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Leadership, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, Communion, Human Rights, Climate Change, Gender Justice, MC/COVID19
5 Aug
The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has posed significant challenges for the member churches of the LWF. A survey in all seven regions revealed impact in the same areas, but with largely different...
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.