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As COP25 is about to draw to a close, hundreds of young people mobilize through Fridays for Future in a strike for the climate, inside and outside the venue of COP25 in Madrid, calling for urgent action for climate justice. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
17 Dec
COP25 in pictures
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
17 Dec
COP25 drew to a close on Sunday, 15 December, after a record-breaking extension of negotiations. For climate justice, undeniably much remains to be done.
LWF delegates join ecumenical partners in calling for climate justice at COP25 in Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
10 Dec
With human rights in focus at COP25
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women, Human Rights, Gender
10 Dec
It’s Human Rights Day, and as negotiations at the United Nations climate meeting (COP25) in Madrid approach their most intense phase, LWF delegates are zeroing in on a range of thematic blocks – each...
A woman works in the fields of Ouaddai Province in Eastern Chad. Photo: LWF/Allahramadji Gueldjim
10 Dec
16 Days: Working for women’s economic justice
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, women's advocacy, Climate, Youth, Diakonia, Economic justice
10 Dec
Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps in the world of work are key to achieving Gender Equality. The LWF works hard to overcome the power dynamics, cultural norms, legal frameworks...
Ecumenical prayer service gathered in the Iglesia de Jesús in central Madrid. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
9 Dec
A light to overcome darkness, for climate justice
COP25, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Youth, Advocacy, Ecumenical, Women
9 Dec
Christians from around the globe gathered with local congregants in the Iglesia de Jesús in central Madrid on Sunday, for an ecumenical prayer service during COP25.
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...
Men and women take part in discussions on gender justice at the Ohn Taw Gyi South camp for displaced Rohingyas near Sittwe, Rakhine State. Photo: LWF Myanmar/Phyo Aung Hein
25 Nov
16 Days: End violence against women & children
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Women, Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Theology, Diakonia
25 Nov
In Asia, LWF Myanmar is using the 16 days to reinforce its long-standing commitment to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence in the workplace and in wider society.
Women leaders from Eastern, Central and Western Europe participated in a Worship Service at Warsaw’s Holy Trinity Lutheran church during a regional consultation on ‘Faith, Gender Justice and Women’s Human Rights’. Photo: LWF/Agnieszka Godfrejów-Tarnagórska
13 Nov
Sharing stories, reforming structures
Advocacy, Women, Theology, Member Churches, Communion Building, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
13 Nov
Women from European churches meet to discuss ways of overcoming injustice, discrimination and violence 
LWF Council member Bettina Westfeld shows a shrapnel cross, moulded from the pieces of shrapnel from bombs dropped over Dresden and Coventry during the Second World War. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
8 Nov
Daring to trust – 30 years after the Peaceful Revolution in 1989
Voices from the Communion, ecumenism, LWF member churches, Youth, Women
8 Nov
In an interview with Lutheran World Information Bettina Westfeld, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saxony, talks about her life in a communist state, the value of cross-border relations and the...
The “Theatre of the Oppressed” was one of the methodologies practiced to collect information on community level. Participants clearly enjoyed the session, despite the serious topic. Photo: LWF/ S. Gallay
7 Nov
Justice, dignity and hope 
Theology, Women, Advocacy
7 Nov
Women’s human rights advocacy training for faith-based organizations  ...
Olga Navrátilová from the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 Sep
Uniting faith and reason in the Czech Republic
Voices from the Communion, Women in Church and Society, Women, Communion Building, Advocacy, solidarity, Theology
27 Sep
Olga Navrátilová, a member of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), looks back at the history of the church in her country and reflects on how it can continue to have a positive impact on...
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...
Sisters in faith: (from left) Rev. Sybil Chetty (South Africa), Dr Christy Ponni (India), retired Bishop Dr Margot Käßmann (Germany), Dr Ziyanda Mgugudo-Sello (South Africa) and Moderator Gabriele De Bona (ELM) . Photo: LWF/A. Weyermüller
29 Aug
Encouraged as sisters in faith
Theology, Women, Women in Church and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry, Member Churches, LWF member churches, Communion Building
29 Aug
Churches should be bolder and elect women as well as men to leadership positions
Maria Immonen, director of LWF World service. Photo: LWF
19 Aug
Organizations need to promote women’s confidence
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
19 Aug
World Humanitarian Day casts a spotlight on those who work in humanitarian and development organizations, often in dangerous and challenging environments, to support victims of conflict or natural...
Amrita Rai works as a volunteer in Sanischare Refugee Camp. Photo: LWF Nepal
16 Aug
Fighting against injustice and inequality
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
16 Aug
A volunteer from Nepal shares her story on World Humanitarian Day. LWF Nepal, with support from the UNHCR has provided asylum to Bhutanese refugees since 1991, finding long-term solutions to increase...
Sarah Ewoi, with a South Sudanese refugee family at Nadapal center. Photo : LWF Kenya
15 Aug
Selfless service at the front line
World Humanitarian Day, Women, Humanitarian Heroes, humanitarian worker security, WomenHumanitarians
15 Aug
Sarah Ewoi is a mother of 4, working for the Lutheran World Federation – World Service at the Nadapal Transit Centre in Kenya. For World Humanitarian day she shares what she experiences every day.
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...
Dr Denis Mukwege with women at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Torleif Svensson
24 Jun
LWF supports survivors of sexual violence in DRC
Diakonia, Women, Advocacy
24 Jun
Delegation visits Panzi hospital and pledges support to survivor network in Kasai region ...
Youth members of the LWF Council gather ahead of the 13 to 18 June meeting Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
21 Jun
Young Lutherans raise concerns at Council 2019
Council 2019, pre-council, Youth, Youth Participation, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women, Gender Justice, Climate Change
21 Jun
Young Lutheran ordained and lay leaders from different parts of the globe gathered in Geneva for a Pre-Council meeting, voicing concerns about gender justice and climate change as well as more...
Five LWF vice-presidents: from left to right, Desri Maria Sumbayak, Propstin Astrid Klein, Archbishop Antje Jackelen, Rev. Jeannette Ada Epse Maina and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
13 Jun
Promoting gender justice in church and society
Council 2019, pre-council, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Women in Church and Society, Women, Gender Justice, Youth, Women in Ordained Ministry
13 Jun
Working together to challenge patriarchal structures and attitudes was at the top of the agenda as participants in a Pre-Council meeting on women gathered in Geneva to share stories and plan...
Participants during the October 2018 training of trainers’ workshop in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. On the far left, front row, is former EECMY president, Rev. Dr Wakseyoum Idosa, who coordinates the peace project. Photo: EECMY
7 Jun
Many partners, one objective: peace
Interfaith, Advocacy, Ethiopia, Women
7 Jun
Ethiopia’s church-led initiative builds trust among religions and community members
Ms Maria Immonen, director of LWF World Service, said practical ecumenical collaboration, “shows that faith and life are inseparable.”
24 May
Lutherans and Catholics: Together we can work miracles
Caritas Internationalis, Roman Catholic-Lutheran, Reformation, women's empowerment, Women
24 May
Practical collaboration between Lutherans and Catholics is vital because it represents the visible consequence of ecumenical theological endeavours. That was the message which the head of the LWF...
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 ...
Rev. Angela del Consuelo Trejo Haager, from the Mexican Lutheran Church at the Latin America and the Caribbean & North America leadership meeting in Peru. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
20 May
Churches in the Americas: witnessing together for justice and peace
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event, peace and justice
20 May
Participants to Latin American and the Caribbean and North America leadership conference in Lima, Peru, issue a message pledging to strengthen regional cooperation.
A group of participants during the opening worship of the Africa Lutheran Church Leadership Consultation, hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, 13-17 May, in Moshi, Tanzania. All photos: LWF/ALCINET
16 May
Churches must affirm holistic witness despite challenging contexts
Africa leadership consultation, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Women, Youth, LWF Vice-President, theological formation, Economic justice, Communications, ecumenical relations, environment, politics and economics
16 May
LWF member churches in Africa have received messages of gratitude and encouragement for their untiring and vibrant witness to God’s mission in spite of increasing social, political and economic...
Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and the Church of Sweden during their joint retreat in Moshi, Tanzania Photo: LWF
14 May
Tanzanian and Swedish church leaders hold joint retreat
Education, Common Prayer, service, ministry, Jesus, Member Churches, Women, Climate, Advocacy, Youth, Diakonia
14 May
Lutheran bishops from Sweden and Tanzania have met together to discern ways of supporting each other’s ministry through prayer, service and public witness.
Intergenerational discussion on the witness of the LWF member churches in Latin America and the Caribbean & North America. Photo:LWF/A. Danielsson
13 May
Signs of hope amid challenging times
LWF member churches, Youth, Women, Human Rights, Member Churches, Gender Justice, Migration, Climate Justice, Climate, theological formation, service, cross-regional relationships, Local & Global event
13 May
Vibrant churches who are visible and present in their communities, empowering youth and women, and working on human rights, gender justice, climate justice, and migration, were in focus on the...
From left to right: Ordained pastors of the Mexican Lutheran Church; Karina Carmona, José Alcantara, Sofía Tenorio, Ángela Trejo, David Brondos, Roberto Trejo and Moisés Espino following the worship service celebrating 10 years of women’s ordination. Photo: L. Tenorio/ILM
12 Apr
Mexican church marks 10 years of women’s ordination
Women in Church and Society, Women, Women in Ordained Ministry, Gender Justice, Women Ordination, women in leadership
12 Apr
The recent celebration of 10 years of women’s ordination in the Mexican Lutheran Church was an occasion to reaffirm the church’s commitment to empower and encourage both women and men to contribute...