LWF Gender Justice Policy Launch

LWF Gender Justice Policy

During the official launch of the LWF Gender Justice Policy at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge noted that several years of implementing a system affirming equal representation of both women and men in the LWF had shown that quotas alone did not secure women's participation. “The Gender Justice Policy wants to address this particular dimension so that quota actually leads to and empowers participation.”

The Women in Church and Society (WICAS) program at the Department for Theology and Public Witness (DTPW) coordinated the policy development together with the LWF Gender Advisory Group, comprising representatives from all LWF regions. The LWF Council officially adopted the policy in 2013. Junge thanked WICAS for leadership in the process and the advisory group members for their “time, wisdom and passion.”

The launch on 10 December coincided with a joint DTPW and Department for Mission and Development workshop on women’s mentorship and leadership training.

Some of the workshop delegates reflected on the implications of the LWF policy for gender justice in their respective contexts.

Photos: LWF/S. Gallay