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Delegates from around the LWF communion gather for the women’s Pre-Council meeting in Geneva’s Ecumenical Center. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Jun
Strengthening gender justice and women’s leadership
council, Council 2022, Women, Gender Justice
8 Jun
Women leaders representing all regions of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) gathered in Geneva on 8 June for a Pre-Council meeting
From left to right: IELV project coordinator Judith Bracho Villegas, Elisabeth Perez de Hands, Yuseidy Bolivar and IELV Pastor President Rev. Gerardo Hands, during a visit to deliver livelihood recovery kits. Photo: IELV
30 May
Venezuelan church prioritizes women’s needs on path toward livelihood recovery
Diakonia, LWF member churches, Churches in Mission, Women, women's empowerment, Livelihoods, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
30 May
Hidden from the visible impact of complex humanitarian crises are the tough choices women in low-income communities often have to make between catering to their own critical needs and providing food...
Desri Maria Sumbayak, LWF Vice President for Asia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
27 May
Indonesia: Passion for gender justice and eco-theology
Voices from the Communion, Gender Justice, ecotheology, LWF Vice-President
27 May
Desri Maria Sumbayak, from the Indonesian Christian Church (HKI), serves as the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Vice President for the Asia region.
A Ukrainian refugee, Masha, with two of her children, at an aid station at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border on 2 March 2022. Masha, her husband and nine children fled from near the Crimean Peninsula and are receiving aid at a shelter where ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid is assisting Ukrainian refugees. Photo: FCA/Antti Yrjönen
8 Mar
Uphold rights and dignity of women fleeing conflict
Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy, Women, International Women's Rights Day, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, women's human rights, women's empowerment
8 Mar
On International Women’s Day, the Lutheran World Federation’s General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt has called upon “the international community, churches and leaders worldwide to work together to...
Rev. Dr Jeannette Ada Maina, LWF vice president for Africa. Photo: LWF/A. Hillert
10 Dec
16 Days: theologies of anger, resistance and hope
Theology, Lutheran theology, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Gender Studies, Ecumenical, Advocacy, Women, Women in Church and Society, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, ecumenical relations, Public theology, women's empowerment
10 Dec
Gender justice activists from different parts of the Christian world met together on 8 December to discuss ways of responding to the ongoing injustice, discrimination and violence against women in...
Participants at a women's march in Oakland in 2019. Photo: Thomas Hawk (CC-BY-NC)
7 Dec
16 Days: ‘Missing and Murdered’ victims of femicide
16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Ecumenical, Diakonia, women's rights
7 Dec
The dramatic plight of women and girls who end up ‘Missing and Murdered’ was under the spotlight during two webinars organized in the context of the 16 Days of activism to end gender-based violence.
Ms Phelister Njile from Tanzania’s northern Shinyanga region, a participant at the 29 November event in Dar es Salaam which brought together doctors, researchers, faith leaders and key partners to end gender-based violence. All photos: Zacharia Osanga
3 Dec
Tanzania: faith leaders highlight rights of people living with disabilities
Gender Justice, Interfaith, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Women, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, albinism, disability
3 Dec
The vital role of religious leaders and faith-based organizations in ending gender-based violence was at the heart of a conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 29 November entitled ‘A wealth of...
Rev. Dr Angela Olotu, Dean of the theology faculty of the Tumaini University Makumira in northern Tanzania. Photo: Erick Adolph/ELCT
23 Nov
Tanzanian church hosts regional gender justice resource hub
Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Member Churches, Communion Building, Women, Lutheran theology, women's empowerment, women in leadership
23 Nov
The LWF sees theological education as a way to promote systemic change for greater gender justice in the church and in society. That principle was at the heart of the launch, in October, of the...
Rev. Martin Junge during a solidarity visit to Zimbabwe in March 2020. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
25 Oct
Passion for the Church: in conversation with Martin Junge
Ecumenical, Gender Justice, General Secretary Martin Junge, LWF member churches, Women's Ordination, Joint Comemoration of the Reformation
25 Oct
As Lutheran churches, “let us learn from the apostles, who did not shy away from long journeys to come together, to pray, discern and find ways to witness to the good news of the gospel of Jesus...
Participants in the online training included Lillian W. Kantai, LWF Kenya-Somali Program (left) and Sabrina Senger, Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. Photos courtesy
17 Sep
A new phase in faith-based advocacy for gender justice
Action for Justice, Human Rights, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Advocacy, faith-based organizations, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, women's advocacy, women's human rights
17 Sep
At this year's annual women’s human rights training by faith-based organizations, which after six years of international gatherings is shifting to a more regional-based approach, utilizing the...
With the LWF Rapid Response Fund, 35 women living in poverty in the UELCI member church areas have regained their livelihoods. A tiffin owner serves lunch. UELCI
17 Aug
COVID-19: India’s churches help women achieve economic independence
Rapid Response Fund, MC/COVID19, COVID19, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Women, Gender Justice, Livelihoods
17 Aug
As tailoring requests from the Lutheran congregation in the Chindwara region of India began to pour in, other women took notice of the formerly impoverished mother of five daughters, now, an...
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven of the Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace-Lorraine. Photo: UEPAL
6 Aug
France: Finding the voice of gender justice in Scripture
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Voices from the Communion
6 Aug
In this Voices from the Communion Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven of the Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace-Lorraine talks about her journey to ordination, as she increasingly found words in Scripture...
Webinar showcases churches’ work to bring support and hope to survivors of human trafficking. Photo: Hermes Rivera on Unsplash
3 Aug
Churches must join forces to combat crime of human trafficking
Theology, Ecumenical, LWF member churches, Advocacy, Youth, Women, Gender Justice, Human Rights, women's empowerment
3 Aug
On the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, survivors shared stories of escaping from their traffickers and helping others to find hope in the wake of such deeply traumatic experiences. The...
Art campaign in Bonn, Germany, on the international day against domestic violence. Photo: Mika Baumeister via Unsplash
1 Jul
Human Rights Council: LWF calls for increased efforts to combat violence against women
Action for Justice, Gender Justice
1 Jul
In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has called for increased efforts to combat violence against women.  ...
In the LWFs women’s networks, lay and ordained women strengthen and support one another in prayer and action. Photo: LWF/Johanan Celine Valeriano
10 Jun
Evaluation and outlook for women's network in Central and Western Europe
Gender, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Lutheran theology, Theology, LWF member churches, Communion Building, Advocacy
10 Jun
The WICAS network met for an online conference on 2 and 3 June. Twenty-five participants from LWF member churches in the region attended the conference with the theme "Churches raising their...
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...
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, 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, Interreligious 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...
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, masculinities
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...
Rev. Dr. Gibson Ezekiel Lesmore (left), AACC director for Peace, Diakonia and Development, presents the Patron of Gender Justice Champion in Africa award to LWF President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa. On the right is Ms Rhoda Ezekiel. Photo: ALCINET/Felix Samari
15 Dec
LWF President Musa receives 'Patron of Gender Justice Champion' award
Advocacy, Gender Justice, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
15 Dec
The Lutheran World Federation President Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa has received the "'Patron of Gender Justice Champion in Africa" award for his leadership "in the fight...