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African Churches mark International Women’s Day

As African churches joined the rest of the world in marking International Women’s Day, pastors, gender experts and activists called for a critical evaluation and strengthening systems to ensure gender justice and equality in churches and society.

Seven Weeks for Water 2021, week 4: "Gendered water: women fight for safe drinking water in their communities", by Krystina White

The 4th reflection of the Seven Weeks for Water 2021 of the WCC Ecumenical Water Network is written by Krystina White.* In the following reflection, she narrates her experience of how people of colour are denied their right to clean water because of lead poisoning of tap water in Flint, Michigan (USA). She further demonstrates how ordinary women, though at the receiving end, can do extraordinary work, just like Deborah, the prophetess in the Bible.  White and her friends challenged the lead contamination of Flint’s waters through the Black Millennials 4 Flint and offered lasting solutions to communities facing the crisis.

 

Gender justice in media coverage: are we making progress?

Preliminary findings released by the Global Media Monitoring Project show significant progress toward some aspects of gender balance in the news but also show that, overall, the media is far short of being an inclusive space for women, vulnerable women, and historically marginalized groups.

Morning Prayer for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021

In the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we pray this week with the people and churches of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

In a time of physical distancing, may this order of service unite our hearts and minds as we prayerfully seek to give thanks for women in leadership and their impact on decision-making.

This order of service has been prepared by women from the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Switzerland.

International Women’s Day

08 March 2021

International Women’s Day is held on March 8 each year to honor and celebrate the achievements of women and highlight challenges and the need for action to reach gender equality.

Worldwide

31 Days of Prayer begins for incarcerated women and girls around the world

In the month of March, the World Council of Churches is encouraging its fellowship and partners to join the Lott Carey “31 Days of Prayer for Women’s Empowerment,” which is also the 9th Anniversary Global Women’s Prayer Guide. The guide features 31 days of prayer for incarcerated women and girls around the world.

Rev. Prof. Dr h.c. Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel: “Respect for the life and dignity of women needs to be promoted by all churches”

Our series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Rev. Prof. Dr h.c. Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel is retiring as president of "Brot für die Welt" and "Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe" after leading the German charity for 20 years.