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During a 30 March webinar, four ordained women from Mexico, Austria, Tanzania and Malaysia talked about the challenges they face and responsibilities they share in bringing an alternative voice to the highest levels of church leadership. Photo: Composite
6 Apr
Public Theology: Echoing Miriam’s prophetic song
Theology, Lutheran theology, Identity, Lutheran identity, Public Space, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Communion, Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender, Public theology, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry
6 Apr
Women working in public theology today are echoing the prophetic voice of Miriam, Moses’ sister, who protected life and proclaimed the liberation of her people from oppression. During a 30 March...
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...
Webinar participants after the session in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
8 Mar
Young women from Kakuma speak about gender justice
Women, quality services, refugees protection, Protection, Diakonia, Global event, International Women's Rights Day, Advocacy, Youth, Kakuma, Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Refugees
8 Mar
Young women in Kakuma refugee camp face many obstacles when aiming for equal opportunities as men and boys. In a webinar: “Emerging Women who Choose to Challenge”, young refugees and staff of the...
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala during the selection process for director general of the World Trade Organization. Photo: ©WTO/Jay Louvion
24 Feb
Trade must serve to “overcome inequalities”
President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, LWF President, women in leaders, Advocacy, Women
24 Feb
The LWF President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa has sent congratulations to the new director general of the WTO, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She will take up the post on 1 March, becoming the first...
Professor Ezra Chitando speaking at an HIV interfaith consultation in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
18 Feb
A ‘kairos’ moment to empower women and men
Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Justice, Theology, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Youth
18 Feb
The COVID-19 pandemic can become a ‘kairos’ moment of opportunity for men to repent of the sin of patriarchy and create positive partnerships that empower women and men. Churches should be in the...
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...
Photo: Trent Erwin, Unsplash
28 Jan
2020 selection complete, 85 candidates awarded LWF scholarships
Lutheran theology, Theology, Leadership, Scholarships, Diakonia, Women, Youth, Education, Human and Institutional Capacity Development
28 Jan
The LWF has completed its 2020 scholarship approval process, with 85 new candidates from the communion’s member churches set to pursue degree and diploma courses in theology and different areas of...
Grandchamp sisters join hands with visitors to the community before the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Photo: All photos by Grandchamp Community
18 Jan
Christian unity: way of life for Grandchamp sisters
Theology, Ecumenical, Women, PCPCU, WCC, World Council of Churches, Ecumenical Centre, Lund, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18 Jan
Working for Christian unity means being grounded in your own identity and thereby being open to other people’s opinions. That’s not simply a slogan for the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,...
29-year-old Jihad Albaba, from the Am'ari Camp, repairs the wifi functionality of a mobile phone in a small shop in Ramallah, after graduating from studies in Telecommunication at the LWF vocational training center in Ramallah. The GRIT project aims to increase the number of Palestinian women in technical and other non-traditional professions, which often offer better paid jobs. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Jan
LWF project opens new doors for Palestinian women
refugees protection, Protection, Livelihoods, Diakonia, Women, LWF Jerusalem, Palestine, vocational training, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), CLWR
12 Jan
Increase women’s employment in the Palestinian Territories, and improve their access to technical and vocational training programs: A project in the LWF Jerusalem program seeks to empower Palestinian...
Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar IDP camp receive a distribution of WASH kits by LWF's local partner. Photo: LWF/ B. Khanal
15 Dec
Partners for peace and humanitarian aid in Myanmar
quality services, Protection, Human Rights, Diakonia, Women, Rohingya, WASH, Education, Advocacy
15 Dec
The LWF provided a testimony on the status of human rights in Myanmar in front of the Canadian’s House of Commons’ Subcommittee on International Human Rights, which held a session focusing on of...
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...
A woman washes her children’s hands in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. LWF has reinforced hygiene education to prevent a spread of COVID-19 in the camp. Photo: LWF/ P. Omagwa
7 Dec
Kenya: COVID-19 has secondary effects on women and children refugees
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, refugees protection, Refugees, IDP, internally displaced people, host communities, Gender, Women, sgbv, Education, Gender Justice, Advocacy, Diakonia, COVID19, WS / COVID19
7 Dec
An increased workload for women, more violence against women and children, and neglect of people living with disabilities: these are the main impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender for refugees...
Children from four Lutheran Schools in Liberia take part in a march to say no to all forms of violence in their country. Photo: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
30 Nov
Building on the Bible to promote positive masculinity
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Identity, Lutheran identity, Gender, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Theology, Lutheran theology
30 Nov
Building on biblical and theological resources to combat gender-based violence and the power of patriarchy in the church. That's the ambitious goal of a new initiative launched on 26 November by...
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...
Vestina attending to a customer at her mobile money business in Kyangwali refugee settlement. Photo: LWF Uganda
25 Nov
From receiving rations to running a business
Refugees, Livelihoods, livelihood, refugee camp, Women, empowerment, refugees protection
25 Nov
An LWF project in Uganda provides protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and livelihoods assistance. It targets single mothers and women, survivors of gender-based violence, and (foster)...
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.
Bricklayer Makhatutu Siimane, showing what she can do with bricks. Photo: Outreach Foundation
18 Nov
Using arts and creativity to promote skills and well-being
LWF member churches, Diakonia, Women, faith and women’s empowerment, women's empowerment, Youth
18 Nov
An LWF Member Church project from the he Northeastern Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa uses arts and creativity to instill skills, self-expression and self-esteem among youth, women and...
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...
The “Women of the Reformation” commemorative stamp was designed by Susann Stefanizen and presented to the public in the Market Church in Hannover, Germany. Photo: Federal Ministry of Finance
26 Oct
Postage stamp honors women of the Reformation
Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, Lutheran identity, Identity, Reformation, Women in Church and Society, Reformation Day
26 Oct
Alongside men such as Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon, many women had a hand in bringing about the Reformation 500 years ago. This was shown with a commemorative stamp in their honor, which is...
Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi standing next to a statue of Katharina von Bora at Faculdades EST, Brazil. Photo: Private
23 Oct
A time to teach and learn “a diakonia of solidarity”
Voices from the Communion, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Women, women and girls, women's empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, Education, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
23 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Dr Marcia Blasi, professor of feminist theology and coordinator of the theology course and the Gender and Religion Program at Faculdades EST (the theological...
Daw Ma Saw Myint, head teacher of an LWF-run temporary Learning Space in Myanmar, experienced herself the limited opportunities for girls and women. She is trying to keep adolescent girls in school. Photo: LWF/ S. Thandar
8 Oct
COVID-19: Empower girls to determine their future
Gender, Women, girl, child, Protection, Myanmar, Kenya, South Sudan, Jordan, early marriage, Education, girls, International Day of the Girl Child
8 Oct
On International Day of the Girl, the Lutheran World Federation is raising awareness about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on girls in vulnerable communities. LWF is calling upon the...
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...