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Ms Christine Mangale of the Lutheran Office for World Community in New York, speaking at a session of the CSW61 Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
22 Apr
Urgent task of implementing women’s rights
LWF member churches, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Gender, Women, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's empowerment, Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, CSW, women in leadership, women's human rights, Women's Leadership
22 Apr
A month on from the 65th session of the UN’s CSW, the work has only just begun for Lutheran delegates back in their home countries, who are tasked with monitoring, implementing and holding their...
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...
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...
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...
LWF is joining other civil society organizations to ensure the participation of non-government organizations at this year’s High-Level Political Forum  Photo: LWF/S. Cox
5 Jun
LWF joins call to ensure civil society participation at UN SDG forum
Statement, SDGs, SDG, Waking the Giant, United Nations
5 Jun
LWF has joined a call by 460 civil society organizations to ensure the participation of non-government organizations at this year’s High-Level Political Forum
Churches and agencies are calling on the U.S. government “to extend compassion and help to those who are in need” at this time of global pandemic. Photo: LWF/ Shaban Mortaja (Juzoor Gaza)
27 Mar
COVID-19: Churches in U.S. call for end to Middle East sanctions
Gaza, Syria, Palestine, United States, United Nations, COVID19, coronavirus, Ecumenical, Advocacy, MC/COVID19
27 Mar
In light of the growing crisis because of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, an ecumenical coalition of U.S. based Christian churches and agencies working in the Middle East has written to...
Refugees at Nadapal transit centre close to the South Sudanese border. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
18 Dec
Refugees living in Kenya speak up at UN
Refugees, UPR, United Nations, UNHCR, Human Rights, Diakonia, Advocacy, #withrefugees
18 Dec
Let refugees speak for themselves on the policy level – with this message an LWF delegation of refugees and civil society attended the pre-session of the UPR for human rights in Kenya.
A young boy receives emergency treatment at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. All photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
12 Nov
Liberia: Called to bring healing, even when times are tough
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, health care, Children, Education
12 Nov
Early November, and the Liberia Council of Churches just hosted a global summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, looking to strengthen church projects that support the United Nations’ 2030...
Prof. Ansu Sonii, Liberian Minister of Education launched the study. All photos: LWF/ Albin Hillert
1 Nov
LWF launches SDGs’ mapping for Liberia
Waking the Giant, SDGs, United Nations, Education, peace building, Diakonia
1 Nov
The LWF has launched a process to help faith-based actors in Liberia track their contribution to implementation of three UN SDGs.
LWF Third International Lay Leaders’ Seminar, held from 27 June to 6 July in Geneva and Wittenberg. Participants Mabel Ngee-fui Ho (Malaysia), Melkion Panuaitan (Indonesia) and Anna Christine Ursula Unruh-lungfiel (Germany). Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
18 Jul
Reinforcing the contribution of lay people to the church
Lay people, Leadership, church growth and sustainability, Wittenberg, General Secretary Martin Junge, Advocacy, United Nations
18 Jul
Lutherans from 16 countries participated in the Lutheran World Federation’s 3rd International Lay Leaders’ Seminar which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and Wittenberg, Germany, from 27 June to 6...
"Taxation and Reparation. Tools for promoting equity, climate justice & an economy of life. A side event at the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs." Photo: ELCA/Rebecca Anderson
16 Jul
LWF and ecumenical partners launch Zacchaeus campaign for tax justice
Advocacy, NIFEA, Zacchaeus Project, WCC, WCRC, CWM, United Nations
16 Jul
A new, ecumenical campaign advocating for tax justice was launched on 11 July at the United Nations in New York City. The “Zacchaeus Project” is a part of the New International Financial and Economic...
Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Michael Møller addresses the launch of the Waking the Giant self-assessment tool on 17 June. Photo: LWF/A.Hillert
18 Jun
UN endorses LWF work for Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDGs, SDG, United Nations, LWF President, LWF General Secretary, council, Council 2019
18 Jun
The world urgently needs the contribution of Lutheran churches and other faith based organizations if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved. That was the message from the Director...
Participants at the Oslo workshop on Freedom of Religion and Gender Equality. Photo: Stefanus Alliance
6 Jun
Bridging the gap between gender justice and religious liberty
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, SDGs, Waking the Giant, United Nations, women's human rights, Climate Change, Education, Peace
6 Jun
The LWF joined around 30 other Faith Based Organizations to discuss the intersection between the right to religious freedom and women’s rights, within the framework of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable...
Faustina Nillan, national director for women and children in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo: Doug Hostetter
19 Mar
UN side event highlights churches’ successes in furthering Sustainable Development Goals
Waking the Giant, SDG, SDGs, North America, Colombia, Liberia, Tanzania, United Nations, Event, Peace, advocacy training, Education, Peace-building, hunger, Women, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Diakonia, Ecumenical
19 Mar
At a side event on 12 March, organized during the 63rd session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, participants gave an overview of the LWF’s “Waking the Giant” initiative, which aims to...
LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Paulino Wanawilla Onango (right) during the LWF-hosted UN side event on human rights in South Sudan. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
13 Mar
South Sudan: Human rights’ review mechanism provides strong foundation for lasting peace
Advocacy, UPR, United Nations, General Secretary Martin Junge, South Sudan
13 Mar
LWF and representatives of both civil society and faith-based actors in South Sudan have noted the government’s growing openness to address human rights violations through constructive engagement...
Visiting the Lutheran office in New York, Helena Funk (third from left) received valuable tips on climate advocacy from Rebekka Pohlmann, Germany; Dennis Frado, LWF’s representative at the UN headquarters; and Christine Mangale, LOWC program director. Photo: Doug Hostetter
20 Nov
On the way to COP24 in Poland
Youth, Climate, Climate Change, COP, COP24, COP23, Climate Justice, Youth Participation, United Nations, United States, Lutheran Office for World Community
20 Nov
Helena Funk, a youth delegate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany, received valuable tips on climate advocacy during her visit to the Lutheran Office for World Community in New...
Participants of the theological education workshop looked at new ways of teaching that are critical and creative. Photo: Chad Rimmer
7 Nov
New theological education workshop focuses on teaching for change
Education, Theology, Transformative Theological Perspectives, SDG, United Nations
7 Nov
The LWF recently held a pilot workshop for theologians to explore teaching methods that empower students to take part in theological education that is critical, creative and responds to the students...
The statement calls for social and climate justice, and support for climate change-hit countries. Climate change can affect weather severely. A tropical storm in El Salvador left devastated fields in its wake. Photo: LWF/M. Boulogne
25 Apr
“Fighting against the commodification of everything”
Public Statement, Statement, Climate Justice, United Nations, World Council of Churches, Creation - Not for Sale, Creation – Not for Sale, Human Beings - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for Sale, Salvation – Not for Sale, General Secretary Martin Junge
25 Apr
LWF and ecumenical partners urge new economic system serving all
Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu has been appointed new Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights
25 Apr
“We must speak out against injustice”
Human Rights, human rights defender, United Nations, Advocacy, Refugees, refugees protection
25 Apr
The Lutheran World Federation has appointed human rights expert Dr Ojot Miru Ojulu to the position of Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights.
UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
4 Oct
Supporting civil society’s agenda for human rights
faith-based organizations, Human Rights, United Nations, Indonesia, South Sudan, Myanmar
4 Oct
LWF intervenes at UN Human Rights Council ...
Photo: Susan Muis (center), LWF Regional program Officer for CAR, DRC and Chad, speaks at the NGO briefing in the Palais des Nations. Photo: LWF/Peter Kenny
14 Jul
“An alarming situation”
United Nations, security, Humanitarian Response
14 Jul
NGO Briefing to UN member states about Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo ...
A participant from the Myanmar government contributes to the human rights discussion, at a meeting organized by LWF Myanmar. Photo: LWF Myanmar
15 Aug
LWF Myanmar behind “milestone” meeting on human rights
Universal Periodic Review, United Nations, Human Rights, UPR
15 Aug
Government, civil society draw up recommendations for the country
 An LWF participant at the gender justice training course, Rita Flore, says the pain of discrimination drives her determination to overcome the situation. Photo: LWF/S.Gallay
12 Jul
Faith organizations sharpen human rights skills
Gender Justice, CEDAW, United Nations
12 Jul
LWF one of the leaders of workshop promoting justice for women
UNFPA's Dr Azza Karam (left, speaking) said the situation in Brazil, as presented by Rev. Cibele Kuss (right), highlighted the need to share experiences about religious intolerance across similarly affected countries in the South. Photo: LWF/C. Rendón
23 Mar
Interfaith collaboration can reduce gender inequality
Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, Islamic Relief Worldwide
23 Mar
Religious fundamentalism threatens sustainable development
Thanks to an LWF-supported project to bring piped and clean drinking water to the Andean highlands, Filomena Huanaco Casilla (left) and Rosenda Challco Barrera will no longer have to depend on natural but unsafe water sources in their remote village. Photo: LWF/I. Dorji
29 Sep
LWF welcomes new impulse towards sustainable development
United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals, rights-based empowerment
29 Sep
Rights-based approach, gender justice and accountability, key to ending poverty
Elisabeth Purba (center) talking about HIV and AIDS at a youth workshop organized by the Indonesia LWF National Committee in Desa Bulu Cina, Sumatra. New global development goals will work to lower HIV and AIDS transmission rates. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
14 Jul
Increased awareness of faith groups’ contribution to UN development goals
Millennium Development Goals, United Nations, Diakonia, faith-based organizations, SDGs, MDGs
14 Jul
Junge reflects on LWF’s participation in New York roundtable
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary supports Roma families such as Eva's (holding her child) with shelter and advocates for their rights. Photo: Tamás Kiss
25 Jun
UN Special Rapporteur seeks faith-based support for human rights’ advocacy
Roma and Sinti, Human Rights, Minorities and Indigenous People, United Nations
25 Jun
LWF’s Oral Statement on Roma People at Human Rights Council
Panelists at the LWF-WCC side event at the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, in New York, 12 March. Photo: Mikka MacKraken/ELCA
13 Mar
Gains and Challenges for Churches, 20 Years after Beijing
women's advocacy, United Nations, Women, WCC, Gender Justice
13 Mar
LWF Jointly Hosts Side Event at UN Commission on Status of Women
UNHCR and LWF response to South Sudanese refugees in Maban refugee camp. Photo: Mats Wallerstedt
28 Jan
UNHCR Voices Appreciation for Partnership with LWF
United Nations, Refugees
28 Jan
“You go where others don't”...