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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...
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 United Nations headquarters in Geneva where the 45th regular session of the Human Rights Council is taking place. Photo: Unsplash/Mat Reding
24 Sep
Statement urges lifting of unilateral sanctions
Human Rights, Humanitarian Access, Diakonia, Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement
24 Sep
The LWF has joined with other faith-based organizations to underline the negative impact that sanctions have on the most vulnerable members of society.
A Greek volunteer waves at a refugee boat in the Aegean Sea, directing it toward a safe place to land on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Paul Jeffrey
23 Sep
Christian organizations representing 2.8 billion people call for more compassionate EU migration policy
Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement, Human Rights, Migrants, Europe, refugees protection, Ecumenical
23 Sep
LWF joined Christian organizations worldwide in a statement on the dire situation of migrants and refugees in Europe, calling for a more compassionate approach. Together, the organizations signing...
"Solidarity should be the guiding principle governing migration and particularly refugee reception".  Refugees in Hungary, September 2015. Photo: Ujvári Sándor/MTI
22 Sep
Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”
Advocacy, Joint Statement, Statement, Human Rights, Migrants, Europe, refugees protection
22 Sep
A dozen global and regional religious organizations released an advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe that defines their calling as Christians to “welcome the...
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
Olive tree in the Mount of Olives, East Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
29 Jan
Grave concern over US “Peace to Prosperity” plan
Advocacy, Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Peace, peacebuilding, peace building, United States, AVH, Middle East, Statement, Public Space
29 Jan
The LWF has expressed grave concern over the “Peace to Prosperity ” plan for Israel and Palestine presented by the US administration this week.
The Ma’ale Adumim settlement in the West Bank. Photo: Yiftachsam, via Wikimedia Commons.
20 Nov
International law and multilateral mechanisms must be respected and strengthened
Statement, Palestine, Israel, Palestinian Territories, United States
20 Nov
The LWF has expressed serious concerns about the unilateral declaration of the United States government that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se,...
Augusta Victoria Hospital aerial view. Photo: LWF/M.Renaux
29 Oct
Augusta Victoria Hospital board calls for immediate solution to critical financial situation
Augusta Victoria Hospital, Diakonia, Jerusalem, Palestine, Statement, Public Statement
29 Oct
The board of the Augusta Victoria Hospital has expressed, in a public statement issued today, its extreme concern over the crisis situation that has arisen due to the non-payment of patient fees.
Candle lighting during a church service. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
24 Apr
Sri Lanka: LWF condemns violence, urges religious leaders to promote peace
General Secretary Martin Junge, Muslim, Statement, LWF member churches, LWF President, President Archbishop Dr Panti Filibus Musa, Lutheran Engagement in the Public Space, Violence, Interreligious Dialogue, Humanitarian Law, peacebuilding
24 Apr
The LWF continues to express the communion’s solidarity with all those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks targeting Christian places of worship and hotels in Sri Lanka.
The representatives of five Christian World Communions --Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and the Reformed-- at the Notre Dame Consultation. Photo: Steve Toepp / University of Notre Dame
3 Apr
Statement from Notre Dame Consultation: Visible Unity and Common Witness
JDDJ, Catholic, Ecumenical, ecumenical relations, Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, PCPCU, Anglican, reformed church, Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, Methodist, Joint Statement, Statement
3 Apr
Participants at a historic gathering of church leaders from five Christian World Communions have issued a statement recommitting themselves to communicating the biblical message of salvation in new...
In the wake of the church bombings in Surabaya, young people from the LWF member churches in Indonesia came together and lit 1000 candles, as a symbol of their solidarity with those affected, and also to push back terrorism in all forms. The youth pray that peace will prevail in Indonesia. Photo: National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia
16 May
A voice for peace following bombings in Indonesia
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Conflict resolution, Terrorism, bombing
16 May
Following terror attacks at three churches and a police station in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Sunday and Monday, the National Committee of the LWF in Indonesia issued a statement calling for peace and...
An olive tree, symbolizing peace, in Jerusalem. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
14 May
Call for de-escalation of violence in the Holy Land
Public Statement, Statement, General Secretary Martin Junge, Violence, Human Rights, Conflict resolution
14 May
LWF expresses dismay, on statement, over the escalating violence and disproportionate use of force against demonstrators at the Gaza border which has led to the death of 41 people and more than 1700...
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
The LWF Council has repeatedly advocated for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria. Photo: LWF/M. Renaux
14 Apr
LWF pushes for peaceful resolution of conflict in Syria and respect for international law
Statement, Public Statement, peace and justice, conflict, War, convention, Conflict resolution
14 Apr
Strengthen the international instruments of justice and peace
South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda, one of the countries where LWF is supporting the implementation of the CRRF. Photo: LWF/C. Kästner
25 Sep
LWF endorses statement on refugee compact
UNHCR, ACT Alliance, Refugees, Statement
25 Sep
The Lutheran World Federation, ACT Alliance and other NGOs present a statement during the UNHCR Standing Committee.
Workshop in disaster risk reduction and emergency response for a community in Myanmar. The statement reaffirms the humanitarian principles of neutrality, humanity, impartiality and independence especially in insecure and volatile contexts. Photo: LWF Myanmar
17 Mar
LWF Endorses Statement on Humanitarian Principles
Statement, ACT Alliance, Humanitarian Response
17 Mar
Neutrality and Independence in Work for People in Need
Churches in Babilo, Duhok, are serving as a place of refuge for people fleeing the fighting in northern Iraq. The LWF is partnering with Christian Aid Program in Northern Iraq to assist. Photo: ACT/Anne Alling
22 Aug
Faith-Based Organizations Call for End to Iraq Violence
Iraq Crisis, Violence, Statement, ACT Alliance, Muslim
22 Aug
“Concerned and Saddened by Kidnapping and Hostage-taking”