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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...
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...
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...
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...
Crowds of demonstrators gathered in Warsaw to protest the Constitutional Court ruling on tightening the country’s abortion law. Photo: Jakub Zabinski (CC-BY-SA) 
16 Nov
Poland’s bishops call for dialogue with protesters
Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland, Gender Justice, Public theology
16 Nov
The Church’s mission is to preach the Gospel and to shape consciences, “not to coerce, impose its will or control.”
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...
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...
Rev. Elitha Moyo Gender Justice Coordinator for the ELCZ says, “We need to appreciate each other regardless of gender.” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
2 Oct
Zimbabwe: Women and men working together for gender justice
Voices from the Communion, gender-based violence, COVID19, coronavirus, Gender Justice, LWF member churches
2 Oct
In this Voices from the Communion, Rev. Elitha Moyo Gender Justice Coordinator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe talks about the importance of men and women being involved in 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...
Rev. Angela Trejo Haager of the Mexican Lutheran Church, one of the coordinators of the LWF Women and Gender Justice Network of churches in Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: LWF/A.Danielsson
29 Sep
Bible studies highlight gender justice work
Gender, Gender Justice, Theology, Communion Building, Women, LWF member churches, Women in Ordained Ministry, women's empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence
29 Sep
Women in ordained ministry across Latin America and the Caribbean are sharing biblical reflections to support members of their communities and shed light on their work for gender justice at this time...
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.
The Lutheran Center in Tiaong, Quezon Province, a Lutheran Church in the Philippines ministry, gathers in April with social distancing. Photo: LCP
5 Aug
Being the church in times of COVID-19
LWF member churches, Communion Building, Diakonia, Leadership, Rapid Response Fund, COVID19, Communion, Human Rights, Climate Change, Gender Justice, MC/COVID19
5 Aug
The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has posed significant challenges for the member churches of the LWF. A survey in all seven regions revealed impact in the same areas, but with largely different...
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique with the Union of Protestant Churches in Alsace and Lorraine writes her daily reflection on 9 May. Photo: Wolff-Bonsirven
19 May
COVID-19: leading the church in post-crisis world
Theology, Ecumenical, Lutheran theology, Public theology, Gender Justice, LWF member churches, Diakonia, Youth, Women, death, Deepening Faith, coronavirus, COVID19, MC/COVID19
19 May
Rev. Ruth Wolff-Bonsirven, is an ‘inspectrice ecclésiastique’ or leader of the church in Alsace-Lorraine in eastern France. In mid-March she became sick with the COVID-19 virus, just as the death...
The LWF calls on governments in Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America to take necessary measures to protect medical personnel. Photo by pina messina on Unsplash
12 May
COVID-19: Medical personnel must be protected
LWF member churches, Women, Gender Justice, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
12 May
The LWF has expressed concern over recent attacks on health care workers in Latin American countries and North America because of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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...
Composite photo. LWF President Musa and General Secretary Junge call churches to confront injustice and inequalities in times of pandemic. Photos: LWF/Albin Hillert
29 Apr
COVID-19: Strengthened in faith, standing against injustice
Member Churches, xenophobia, Women, Advocacy, Gender Justice, Economic justice, COVID19, coronavirus, MC/COVID19
29 Apr
Lutheran World Federation leaders are highlighting the vital role that churches can play in confronting and rejecting xenophobia, violence, injustice and the inequalities that have been exposed by...
The LWF is calling upon its member churches to work towards gender just communities, where all women and men can flourish. In this photo, participants at the Women Advocacy Training, 1st November 2019 Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
9 Mar
Strengthen efforts for gender justice and women’s empowerment
Women in Chuch and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, International Women's Rights Day, faith and women’s empowerment, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women's advocacy
9 Mar
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the LWF, is urgently calling on the international community, governments and its member churches to step up their work towards gender justice and women’s...
Gender Justice is “a matter of life or death”, so both men and women must work together “to break the silence” about gender-based violence and commit to work toward gender justice. Rev Elitha Moyo, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and Rev. Dr Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Photo: LWF/A. Danielsson
6 Mar
Men's voices vital in quest for gender justice
Women in Chuch and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, International Women's Rights Day, faith and women’s empowerment, Gender Justice Policy, LWF gender justice policy, women's advocacy
6 Mar
Gender Justice is “a matter of life or death”, so both men and women must work together “to break the silence” about gender-based violence and commit to work toward gender justice. In a message for...
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.
KELC South Coast Church District Gender Justice public participation forum in Mombasa, Kenya. Photo: L. Mwololo
19 Jul
Kenya moving towards gender equality in church and society
Gender Justice, Women Ordination, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Chuch and Society, Women in Ordained Ministry, women in leadership, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment
19 Jul
Rev. Catherine Ngina Musau, head of the Gender Justice Program in the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church says the status of women in her country is improving gradually but there are still challenges...
LWF Youth secretary Ms Pranita Biswasi, addressing the side-event on a human rights’ perspective in climate action processes at the UN Office in Geneva. Photo: LWF/F. Wilches
2 Jul
Call for human rights-based climate action
Climate, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Gender Justice, Human Rights, Paris Agreement
2 Jul
Meaningful climate policies and action must address the human rights perspective of the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, youth, minority groups and indigenous communities.
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...
Worship service at the LWF Council 2018. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
4 Jun
‘Freely you have received, freely give’
Annual Report/Report, theological formation, Human Rights, Gender Justice, Youth Participation, Diakonia
4 Jun
The LWF has published its 2018 Annual Report. Titled “Freely you have received, freely give,” it records the life and work of the LWF in 2018, giving insight into the commitment to work for holistic...
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.
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...