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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...
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...
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...
LWF South Sudan Advocacy Officer Pauline Tikiba shares about her work with civil society organizations. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
11 Oct
Be a better rights defender
rights-based approach, Human Rights, World Service, Climate, Gender, Diakonia, Interfaith
11 Oct
Workshop on rights-based approach brings together experiences from 10 project countries
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...
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...
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...
Delegates during the ALCLC, From left: Ms Minia Fecadu, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eritrea; Ms Faith Wambua, Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rev. Seganesh Ayele Asele, The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Rev. Justin Mofolo and Ms Mabel Madinga, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.
23 May
Peace and justice issues are pertinent to the church’s mission in Africa
Africa leadership consultation, LUCSA, faith and women’s empowerment, LWF gender justice policy, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Youth, albinism, Youth Participation, Climate, theological formation, peace and justice
23 May
African Lutheran church leaders have said holistic witness for peace and justice on the continent today should focus on issues that directly affect the continent such as the “chain of slavery”...
Acolytes of the Lutheran Church in Liberia prepare to lead the march protesting all forms of violence in the Thursdays in Black campaign. All photos: LCL/ Linda Johnson Seyenkulo
13 Dec
Liberia’s Thursdays in Black campaign amplifies efforts to end gender-based violence
Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, Advocacy, Women, women's advocacy, women and girls, Gender Justice Policy, gender-based violence
13 Dec
...The launch of a Thursdays in Black campaign by the Lutheran Church in Liberia recently was a public call for action against violence directed at women and girls.
Rev. Judith VanOsdol, LWF program executive for Gender Justice and Women's Empowerment. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
23 Nov
LWF’s invitation to “Walk our Talk” and end violence against women and girls
Women, Women in Church and Society, WICAS, empowerment, faith and women’s empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Human Rights
23 Nov
This year’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls is an opportunity for the Lutheran communion “to renew and reaffirm our deep commitments toward ending sexual and gender-based...
In Voices from the Communion, LoeRose Mbise of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says education and awareness-raising are critical if violence against women and girls is to be tackled. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
16 Aug
Supporting women and girls in the struggle to end violence
Voices from the Communion, council, Council 2018, women and girls, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, child marriage, gender-based violence, Women, girls, Education, schools, Peace
16 Aug
In a video interview for Voices from the Communion, LWF Council member LoeRose Mbise, who works as general secretary of a diocese of the church, talks about the distressing effect of child marriage...
LWF Communion Office staff participate in a workshop on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. The workshop followed the 2017 Assembly commitment to focus work on eliminating sexual and gender based violence. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
8 Mar
Preventing sexual harassment in the office: from policy to practice
Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, IWD, faith and women’s empowerment, Women in Church and Society, International Women's Rights Day, women's day, women's empowerment
8 Mar
The LWF continues its work to ensure a safe workplace that extends beyond policy to practice.
A group of women participants at MLC’s jubilee. Photo: MLC
25 Nov
Precious in God’s Eyes
Women in Church and Society, Gender Justice, Gender Justice & Women’s Empowerment, 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence, women's advocacy, gender-based violence, Advocacy, WICAS
25 Nov
16 days of activism to overcome gender based violence
Participants in the Africa Region Advocacy Training Workshop on Gender and Child Rights in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo: Emmanuel Kimweri, ELCT Upendo Radio
13 Oct
Integrity, the hallmark of a prophetic church leader
Economic justice, Gender Justice, Diakonia, Children's rights
13 Oct
LWF President Archbishop Musa speaks at African region workshop on gender and child rights
ALP students at Bahr El Naam Girls Primary school in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Photo: LWF/ C.Kästner
31 Aug
A second chance in Kakuma
Department for World Service, Gender Justice
31 Aug
Accelerated Learning Program supports students from conflict zones in Kakuma, Kenya.
Keynote speech at the LWF Twelfth Assembly by Congolese surgeon Dr Denis Mukwege. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert
11 May
“Mission to denounce evil”
12th Assembly, Keynote speaker, gender-based violence, Gender
11 May
Lutheran theology regarding women is message of hope says Assembly keynote speaker, Dr Mukwege, speaking on sexual violence
Delegate of the Women's Pre-assembly delivers the message to Twelfth LWF Assembly delegates. Photo: LWF/ Albin Hillert
10 May
Freedom from violence and full participation
12th Assembly, Gender Justice, Women in Chuch and Society, women in leadership, Women in Ordained Ministry
10 May
Women’s Pre-Assembly message to the Twelfth Assembly
Attacked while fleeing South Sudan, Amina, 17, is now in the care of the Lutheran World Federation at Palorinya refugee camp, northern Uganda. Photo: LWF/ C. Kästner
7 Mar
A total absence of law
gender-based violence, Gender Justice, Refugees, South Sudan Crisis, emergency response
7 Mar
LWF supports survivors of gender-based violence in South Sudan
Young women in Rwamwanja settlement were one of the focal groups in the consultations. Photo: LWF/ S. Oftadeh
19 Jan
UN human rights consultations start in Uganda
Uganda, UPR, Universal Periodic Review, DWS, gender inequality, Violence, gender-based violence
19 Jan
Giving communities a voice on the international stage
Nyaring, 13, South Sudanese refugee who came from Bor. LWF built her a house and provides her with school materials and cash. Photo: M. Renaux
17 Jun
A new family for orphans of conflict
Uganda, orphans, Gender Justice
17 Jun
LWF caring for the youngest survivors of war ...
Rev. Dr Wakseyoum Idosa Negeri, president of EECMY, in discussion at the Gender Justice Policy workshop in Ethiopia, Feb. 2014. Photo: LWF/Elaine Neuenfeldt
25 Mar
Implementing Gender Justice Policy in Africa
Gender Justice, Member Churches, Communion
25 Mar
Workshop Discusses Action Plans for the Church