Women and Gender studies

Women and Gender studies

Working towards gender justice and women’s empowerment in church and society

Gender Justice is rooted in the theological concept that all people are created in God's image as equal in rights and dignity. 
Empowering women to enjoy full rights, participation and leadership at all levels within their churches and within wider society is an essential part of our vision.

We support the work of women theologians and ordained ministers, especially where their contribution is not recognized or encouraged.



LWF Communion Office staff marked the 2019 International Women’s Day by taking part in activities on gender justice. This included quizzes, book presentations and reflections from General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay
  • 2017 – Twelfth Assembly resolutions on Gender Justice, Women in the ordained Ministry, and Sex education & sexual and gender-based violence
  • 2013 – Launch of the LWF Gender Justice Policy
  • 2011 – Gender Advisory Group provides guidelines and values for a gender policy
  • 2011 – LWF ensures equal salaries for its female and male employees
  • 2010 – Eleventh Assembly adopts principles of inclusivity and gender policy
  • 2009 – Council receives faith reflection on gender and power document
  • 1984 – LWF ensures at least 40% women’s participation in assemblies
  • 1975 – First Advisory Committee to Women’s Desk is appointed
  • 1970 – Women’s Desk instituted at the fifth LWF Assembly at Evian, France
  • 1952 – Women’s section initiated at second LWF Assembly at Hannover, Germany