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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.
Ahead of a summit in Saudi Arabia, Christian leaders write to the heads of G20 countries urging them to take action on debt relief and financial restructuring. Photo: Unsplash/Kyle Glenn
19 Nov
Appeal to G20: address debt crisis and save lives
Ecumenical, Interfaith, Public theology, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, Economic justice, Poverty, COVID19
19 Nov
The LWF is joining with ecumenical partners to call on leaders of the G20 nations to provide urgently needed debt relief for countries struggling to cope with the consequences of the COVID-19...
Young people, empowered to advocate for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
13 Nov
Small-scale climate justice projects: Call to youth in member churches
Youth, Climate, Climate Justice, Climate Change, LWF member churches, Advocacy
13 Nov
The LWF calls for small-scale climate projects initiated and led by youth, i.e. persons aged 30 or younger. Proposals are invited until 6 December. Each project should be initiated and led by young...
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...
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...
Voters in the United States prepare to cast their ballots in the presidential election on 3 November. Photo: US Embassy in Bern (CC-BY-SA)
2 Nov
U.S. elections: Prayers for unity and peace
LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF General Secretary, Communion Building, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Elections, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
2 Nov
The LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Martin Junge has sent a message to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) offering “prayers for unity and peace” as the nation goes to the polls for a...
LWF president Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa visits displaced Rohingya at the Ohn Taw Gyi South IDP camp, Rakhine state, Myanmar, in 2018. Photo: LWF/ Phyo Aung Hein
22 Oct
“Durable and peaceful solutions” needed for displaced Rohingya
Diakonia, Advocacy, IDP, internally displaced people, Rakhine Crisis, Refugees, refugee camp, humanitarian, Protection, refugees protection, Rohingya
22 Oct
The needs of displaced Rohingya need to be addressed in a more sustainable way, says Maria Immonen, director of the LWF humanitarian and development arm, LWF World Service. In her position as Vice-...
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...
Young climate activists gathered in December 2019 at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Spain sound the alarm for climate justice. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
30 Sep
Prophetic young voices call for climate action
Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Advocacy, Youth, Climate Change, Creation
30 Sep
Young climate activists from different Christian churches took part in a webinar during this Season of Creation to highlight how every person of faith has an urgent and crucial role to play in the...
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...
A group of girls head to a school in Jordan’s Sahab district that is supported by LWF for both Jordanian and Syrian children. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Sep
Peacebuilding a priority for post-pandemic world
Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Peace, peace and justice, Peace-building, Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, Advocacy
21 Sep
Celebrating the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the Lutheran World Federation has signed on to a statement highlighting the urgency of peacebuilding for a post-pandemic world. This year,...
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...
In the Church of Norway Rev. Einar Tjelle heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 Sep
Norway: Interfaith advocacy for climate justice and peace
Voices from the Communion, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Climate, Advocacy
11 Sep
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Einar Tjelle, from Church of Norway where he heads the Section for Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue and the Norwegian Interfaith Climate Network, describes...
The 1 September online prayer service inaugurated the 2020 Season of Creation which runs until 4 October. Photo: LWF/Chad Rimmer
3 Sep
Youth lead prayers to open Season of Creation
Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Advocacy, Youth
3 Sep
Hundreds of Christian women and men from different churches and from every region of the globe took part in an online ecumenical prayer service to mark the opening of the annual Season of Creation.
By keeping a strict ratio of how many seeds to sow per hectare, and by sowing Cassava and Groundnut together, refugees near the Ngam refugee camp in Cameroon can both increase harvests and retain soil fertility over a longer time. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
25 Aug
Celebrating a “Jubilee for the Earth”
Climate, Climate Justice, Ecumenical, Season of Creation, ecotheology, Theology, Advocacy
25 Aug
Each year, the ecumenical Season of Creation is celebrated from 1 September to 4 October. This year its theme is “Jubilee for the Earth.”
Ralf Meister, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover speaks about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on church and society in Germany. Photo: Jens Schulze/Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover
7 Aug
COVID-19: New awareness of social cohesion growing in the crisis
COVID19, Theology, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Advocacy, MC/COVID19, Communion Building, Voices from the Communion
7 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion interview, Bishop Ralf Meister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover reflects on the transitional phase, from handling the acute crisis to the “new normality...
LWF’s humanitarian and development work in Ethiopia includes provision of potable water to communities displaced by drought or conflict. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Aug
LWF among organizations urging more time for UN panel on internal displacement
Advocacy, IDP, internally displaced people, United Nations, emergency, coronavirus, COVID19, WS / COVID19
4 Aug
The LWF is among faith-based, non-governmental and civil society organizations calling on the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General to extend the timeframe of the High-Level Panel on Internal...