LWF hosts webinar highlighting tools to support work of tackling violence against women and girls
(LWI) - How to protect survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in circumstances where laws are weak and stigma is widespread? How to engage men and boys in the struggle for a violence-free world? How to empower communities to respond to what the United Nations has dubbed “one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today?”
Those questions were the topic of an online workshop on 28 November, organized by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence. Women and men from LWF’s member churches and country programs around the globe took part in the discussions, sharing progress made, but also frustration that incidences of gender-based violence continue to grow.
Showcasing LWF’s long-standing commitment to tackling this issue, Senior Advocacy Officer for Gender Justice, Sikhonzile Ndlovu, urged participants to make use of the wealth of resources contained in the recently published Gender Justice Toolbox, which can be adapted for use in a variety of settings and cultural contexts. “This toolbox offers a holistic look at the different areas of gender justice work,” Ndlovu said, "from the theological foundations to international frameworks, from issues of intersectional discrimination to the mainstreaming of gender in institutional practice.”