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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.
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...
Girls in primary school in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF is working to protect their right to education and a childhood without violence. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
12 Feb
A network to stop early marriage
Diakonia, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Refugees, refugee camp, girls, women and girls, Child Protection, gender-based violence, sgbv, Education
12 Feb
Zawadi was a hard-working student in primary grade 7 when her family tried to arrange a wedding against her will. Not an uncommon occurrence, says Kapis Okeya, LWF protection officer in Kakuma. “LWF...
A member of a women’s group with the Abhilasha Federation, shares her views during an empowerment training seminar focusing on the role of women in community development, leadership and economic empowerment, in Shahpur, Betul, Madhya Pradesh, India. Photo: ELC WESA PROJECT
12 Dec
No justification for violence against women
Member Churches, LWF member churches, Gender Justice, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, UELCI
12 Dec
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge has encouraged of all LWF member churches in India to step up efforts to stop violence against women and promote greater gender justice in their country.
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea take part in activities to launch 20 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Photo: ELCPNG/Asenath TUBIAN
5 Dec
16 Days: Churches stand against gender violence 
Member Churches, Women, gender-based violence, Advocacy
5 Dec
LWF member churches organize activities promoting ‘Awareness, Action and Accountability’  ...
Survivors of sexual violence in conflict take part in a three-day training program in Geneva and call for action to end impunity, stigma and silence surrounding such crimes. Photo: LWF/L. Gillabert
29 Nov
Breaking the silence about sexual violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, Violence, survival, Advocacy
29 Nov
On 28 November, a group of women representing national SEMA networks in DRC, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi and Colombia brought their personal testimonies to a public event in Geneva University. They...
The anti-femicide demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa following the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana. Protestors cover a police vehicle with placards. Photo: Discott, via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)
26 Sep
Churches to act for justice, affirm human dignity
gender-based violence, Gender Justice Policy, xenophobia, Welcoming the Stranger, Women, LWF member churches, Member Churches
26 Sep
Expressing “deep concern over escalating violence against women, youth, children and foreigners in South Africa,” the LWF encourages its member churches there to “act for justice in situations that...
The LWF was part of a delegation that recxently met with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Mukwege Foundation
10 Jul
Call for state responsibility in fight against sexual violence in DRC
conflict, gender-based violence, Violence, Women, women's advocacy, Advocacy
10 Jul
The LWF is among five civil society organizations calling on the DRC government to urgently assume its fundamental obligation to combat sexual violence in a country where the rape of women and girls...
Maria Immonen, director of LWF’s World Service department at the Women’s Forum organized by Caritas Internationalis. Photo: Lucia Ballester Bellver/Caritas
22 May
Lutheran perspectives on women in leadership
Caritas Internationalis, women's empowerment, Women, Gender Justice, gender-based violence, Roman Catholic-Lutheran
22 May
The director of LWF’s World Service shares experiences with Catholic colleagues at Caritas Internationalis Women’s Forum ...
Some of the participants in the LUCSA youth workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: LUCSA
29 Apr
Southern Africa youth resolve to address climate change and gender-based violence
Youth, LUCSA, gender-based violence, emergency response, environment, Mozambique, floods, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Climate Change
29 Apr
Youth from 15 member churches of LUCSA have identified climate change and gender-based violence as key issues to address in their respective countries.
In Uganda, LWF’s humanitarian work includes support to people who have fled conflict in neighboring South Sudan and DRC. At the Rwamwanja refugee settlement, Congolese Zubert Masuku is now a highly skilled fashion designer, who also trains fellow youth for free. Photo: LWF/ S. Nalubega
9 Apr
Human Rights Council: Concern for conflict-affected populations and people with albinism
DRC, South Sudan, Myanmar, albinism, UNHRC, United Nations Human Rights Council, Rakhine Crisis, IDP, internally displaced people, gender-based violence, Human Rights, peace building
9 Apr
The human rights situation in Myanmar, DRC and South Sudan, and access to justice for people living with albinism were key topics for the LWF through four oral statements and a side event at the 40th...
Ms Kausilya Damai, member of the local government of Nawadurga Rural Municipality in western Nepal. Photo: LWF Nepal
8 Mar
Nepal: Woman leader Damai chronicles her journey from bondage to leadership
women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, gender-based violence, Women, Women in Church and Society
8 Mar
Continuous empowerment toward a dignified life is at the core of LWF’s work among freed Haliyas in western Nepal.
Visiting LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and his team join EECMY church leaders in a meeting with members of the Hundedo self-help group in Hadiya, on 31 January. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
1 Feb
Ethiopia: Symbols of Hope help rebuild lives of young people
Diakonia, diaconia, DWS Ethiopia, Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Ethiopia, LWF General Secretary Martin Junge, gender-based violence, Migrants, 2019 LWF General Secretary Ethiopia visit
1 Feb
The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and the LWF are helping young migrant returnees rebuild their lives through a project called Symbols of Hope
Acolytes of the Lutheran Church in Liberia prepare to lead the march protesting all forms of violence in the Thursdays in Black campaign. All photos: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
13 Dec
Liberia’s Thursdays in Black campaign amplifies efforts to end gender-based violence
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Advocacy, Women, women's advocacy, women and girls, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence
13 Dec
...The launch of a Thursdays in Black campaign by the Lutheran Church in Liberia recently was a public call for action against violence directed at women and girls.
A group of participants in LWF's transformative education program for freed Haliyas in Baitadi, Nepal. Photos: LWF Nepal
28 Nov
From silent humiliation to advocacy for social change
Gender Justice, gender-based violence, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's empowerment
28 Nov
Education and awareness create a safe environment for marginalized Haliya women in Nepal, and leads to other community activities.
In Voices from the Communion, LoeRose Mbise of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says education and awareness-raising are critical if violence against women and girls is to be tackled. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Aug
Supporting women and girls in the struggle to end violence
Voices from the Communion, council, Council 2018, women and girls, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, child marriage, gender-based violence, Women, girls, Education, schools, Peace
16 Aug
In a video interview for Voices from the Communion, LWF Council member LoeRose Mbise, who works as general secretary of a diocese of the church, talks about the distressing effect of child marriage...
Prayer to overcome violence. Photo: Eugenio Albrecht
5 Apr
Church in Paraguay pledges to support new anti-violence law
gender-based violence, faith and women’s empowerment, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Network of Women and Gender Justice of the Lutheran churches in Latin America and the Caribbean
5 Apr
Paraguay has brought into force new measures to curb violence against women and girls, a move the Evangelical Church of the River Plate says it supports.
Prague. Protestants in the Czech republic raised half a million Czech crowns for women in the DRC. Photo: Roman Boed, creative commons
26 Jan
Czech Protestants raise 18,000 EUR for rape survivors in DR Congo
12th Assembly, Keynote speaker, gender-based violence, Gender, Violence, conflict, Women
26 Jan
The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, a member church of The Lutheran World Federation in the Czech Republic, has raised money for the Panzi foundation which supports medical treatment for raped...
Girls perform in a play against gender-based violence at the Peace Oasis in Za'atari refugee camp. Photo: LWF Jordan
6 Dec
An oasis of peace against gender-based violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, gender-based violence, Gender, Women, LWF Peace Oasis, Za'atari Refugee Camp
6 Dec
As the global community is mobilized for 16 days of activism against gender based violence, men and women in the Za’atari refugee camp have shared experiences and a moment of peace.
In an interview marking the 16 Days of advocacy against Gender-Based Violence Rev. Dr Faith Kokubelwa Lugazia called on churches to work and pray together for justice in the world. Photo: LWF
1 Dec
Knowing Who We Are Key to Ending Gender-Based Violence
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, gender-based violence, faith and women’s empowerment
1 Dec
Tanzanian theologian Rev. Dr Faith Kokubelwa Lugazia says churches that remain silent in the face of gender injustice are renouncing their prophetic role and she sees the 21st century as a ‘kairos...
A group of women participants at MLC’s jubilee. Photo: MLC
25 Nov
Precious in God’s Eyes
Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, women's advocacy, gender-based violence, Advocacy, WICAS
25 Nov
16 days of activism to overcome gender based violence
Keynote speech at the LWF Twelfth Assembly by Congolese surgeon Dr Denis Mukwege. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 May
“Mission to denounce evil”
12th Assembly, Keynote speaker, gender-based violence, Gender
11 May
Lutheran theology regarding women is message of hope says Assembly keynote speaker, Dr Mukwege, speaking on sexual violence
Attacked while fleeing South Sudan, Amina, 17, is now in the care of the Lutheran World Federation at Palorinya refugee camp, northern Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
7 Mar
A total absence of law
gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Refugees, South Sudan Crisis, emergency response
7 Mar
LWF supports survivors of gender-based violence in South Sudan
LWF helped Anek to return to school and pursue higher education while caring for her child. Photo: LWF Kenya
14 Feb
LWF helps teenage mothers finish high school
refugee, Women, girls, gender-based violence, Education, DWS Kenya/Djibouti
14 Feb
Combining education and protection for girls in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya
Alwel Violet (26) experienced child marriage and abuse from her husband’s family. LWF helped her rebuild her life. Photo: LWF/ P. Kikomeko
25 Nov
Married at eight years old
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, gender-based violence, DWS Uganda, LWF Uganda
25 Nov
LWF work against early marriage and domestic violence
Women and children are often the most affected by poverty. The ELCM Matsimbe project equips them with skills to earn income from small-scale trade, such as poultry keeping. Photo: Allison Westerhoff
20 May
Children's rights key to fighting injustice and poverty
African Lutheran Information and Communication Network (ALCINET), Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM), gender-based violence
20 May
Eliminate poverty and violence through theology
Young women in Rwamwanja settlement were one of the focal groups in the consultations. Photo: LWF/ S. Oftadeh
19 Jan
UN human rights consultations start in Uganda
Uganda, UPR, Universal Periodic Review, DWS, gender inequality, Violence, gender-based violence
19 Jan
Giving communities a voice on the international stage