Weaponizing Women in War

This hybrid event during 16 Days against gender-based violence focuses on the impacts of weaponizing women in war, the transformational healing required, and ways women's input can influence peace-building.

Photo showing some of the devastation of war

Photo exhibition in the St Andrew Orthodox Church in Bucha, Ukraine, where the bodies of 119 people, including 30 women and two children, were buried in a mass grave on the grounds of the church following the withdrawal of Russian forces in Spring 2022. 


Experts from human rights, racial justice, gender justice, health and healing, sociological anthropology/political science backgrounds as well as from faith-based settings will share global perspectives and case studies of the impact of war on women. Presenters and participants will together develop action points for positive change. Co-organized by the World Council of Churches and The Lutheran World Federation.


Madeleine Rees, OBE, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Secretary General 

Oleksandra Matviichuk, Head of the Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine), laureate of Nobel Peace Prize 2022 and the Right Livelihood Award 2022 

Thomas Tongun Leone, medical doctor, coordinator of Catholic Health Commission of South Sudan

Carla Khijoyan, Programme Executive for the Middle East, World Council of Churches 

Joy Eva Bohol, Regional Migration Specialist- Europe, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) 

Sikhonzile Ndlovu, Advocacy Officer for Gender Justice, The Lutheran World Federation 

To attend in person, contact [email protected]

Register here to join live online, 8 December, 15:30-17:30 CET (Geneva)