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Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzwanda, general secretary of the World YWCA © LWF/J. Latva-Hakuni


World YWCA General Secretary Praises Lutherans for Resolutions on Justice

Calls on the LWF to Expose the Sin of Sexism

STUTTGART, Germany/GENEVA, 2 August 2010 – The general secretary of the World YWCA, Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzwanda, congratulated the Eleventh Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) for resolutions on gender justice, human trafficking and the rights of Dalits.

In her greetings to the Assembly, Gumbonzwanda urged delegates to keep in mind that “as women and men, created in God’s image, both together are called to be God’s instruments of peace and justice for all creation.”

The YWCA general secretary reminded the Assembly that women and girls were often the most vulnerable in the face of conflict, war, catastrophes, economic instability and the degradation of the environment.

Gumbonzwanda stated, “sexism is a sin and it has to be openly declared” and expressed her hope that the LWF would be a prophetic actor in the struggle against gender inequality. “May your voice expose clearly the injustices that will need to be overcome in church and society, trusting that God’s love empowers us to deal with even the most difficult and uncomfortable issues.”

She noted that that equal access to education, leadership and decision-making for girls and boys, women and men, would ensure more inclusive and just societies, according to God’s will. (218 words)


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