Gender Justice

"So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." - Genesis 1.27

Group Shot At Table 2 - CopyIn the Anglican Communion we are committed to ensuring that our churches become a living witness to our belief that women and men are equally made in the image of God.

Within the Communion and beyond, we recognise that the empowerment of women and men to live and work in just relationship requires a transformation among individuals and in all our communities.

There are about 43 million women in the world-wide Communion with a vast diversity of experience and gifts. This section of the Anglican Communion website serves to tell their stories, share their experience and celebrate their achievements.


Focus areas

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 days runs from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on 25 November, to Human Rights Day on 10 December.

The Anglican Communion and its provinces have been an active participant in the 16-Days campaign for a number of years. This year, to mark the 16 days, we are planning a social media campaign and have organised a series of webinars.

To mark the start of the 16-Days, we will be publishing a video-based interview between our Director for Gender Justice, Mandy Marshall, and the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. The video will be available here from 6 pm GMT on Tuesday 24 November.

Further details about our webinar series can be found below. Please do register and join us.

  • Domestic Abuse: identifying the signs

    This training webinar will take place on three separate occasions to make it accessible in the many different time-zones within the Anglican Communion.

    Thursday 26 November, 6.30 am GMT
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    Friday 27 November, 10.30 am GMT
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    Monday 30 November. 7 pm GMT
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  • Addressing Gender-Based Violence Around the Communion

    Wednesday 25 November, 11.30 am GMT

    Webinar _201125-Addressing GBV

    GBV is in our communities and churches around the world. What is often unseen is the response from Christians working to prevent and end gender-based violence. The Anglican Communion Director for Gender Justice, Mandy Marshall, hosts this webinar that brings together an amazing group of women, experts in their field, who are working with the church and survivors of abuse to bring transformation, hope and light into the dark places. Featuring Bianca Daebs (Brazil), Ashella Tshedza Ndhlovu (Zambia), and Moumita Biswas (India).

    Click here to register

  • Engaging Men in Ending Gender-Based Violence

    Friday 27 November, 2 pm GMT

    Webinar _201127_Engaging Men

    Where are the men when it comes to preventing and ending gender-based violence? Why are men seemingly reluctant to raise their voices and act in this area? Anglican Communion Permanent Representative to the UN, Jack Palmer-White, brings together men who are actively engaged with other men to end GBV. Be inspired. Featuring Dominic Misolo (Kenya), Bishop Mauricio Andrade (Brazil), and Paulo Ueti (Brazil).

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  • Theology and Prayer: How our theology engages us and motivates us to act

    Wednesday 2 December, 12.30 pm GMT

    Webinar _201202_Theology

    Talking about gender and theology in the same sentence brings out different reactions amongst Christians. Some avoid the subject for fear of offending anyone whereas others hold strong views at either end of the spectrum. This session opens up the conversation around gender and theology and looks deeper into what is said, and what isn’t said, in the Bible. A place to hear and engage. Moderated by the Right Revd Rachel Treweek; featuring Esther Mombo (Kenya), Gerald West (South Africa), and Paulo Ueti (Brazil).

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  • Advocacy and Gender Justice

    Thursday 10 December, 2 pm GMT

    Webinar _201210_Advocacy

    Have you wondered what gender justice means and what it looks like in reality? Are you wondering how you can be an agent for change and engage in advocacy for gender justice in your own context? Then this is the webinar for you. Advocacy Manager for the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations, Jillian Abballe, chairs a panel of individuals from around the world who are all advocating for gender justice. Featuring Amal Sarah (Pakistan), Ruihana Paenga (New Zealand), and Rhine “Toby” Koloti (South Africa).

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Click here to visit the International Anglican Women's Network (IAWN) for more resources on the 16 Days of Activism

Domestic Abuse and COVID-19: How Churches can respond

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In this major new resource, the Anglican Communion's Director for Gender Justice, Mandy Marshall, sets out the challenge faced by many people suffering from an increase in domestic abuse since the COVID-19 lockdown; and sets out ways in which Churches can respond; with advice for victims and survivors and a challenge to perpetrators.

This resource is available for download in 

Download in multiple languages

Covid-19 and Gender Justice

The Anglican Communion and the Side-by-Side inter-faith campaign for Gender Justice has issued a statement calling for governments to tackle the increase of pre-existing inequalities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the statement, Faith, Gender and Covid-19, here.

The International Anglican Women’s Network (IAWN)

The International Anglican Women’s Network (IAWN)

‘Thinking globally and acting locally’, IAWN brings the perspectives of women and raises issues affecting them to the Communion’s attention, and strengthens friendship and solidarity among Anglican women across the world.

IAWN seeks the equal participation, safety and wellbeing of women throughout the Communion and in their own homes and communities.

Join IAWN’s Facebook group.

Go to the IAWN website
Women and Men working together for Gender Justice

Women and Men working together for Gender Justice

This means:


  • promoting the full inclusion of women’s gifts, voices and concerns in the structures and decision-making processes of the Anglican Communion, its member churches and other bodies
  • theological reflection on such issues as the use of power; empowerment as the work of love; ‘agency’ - the ability to act for oneself; just relationship; and metanoia – that arrival at repentance and turning away from old ways and harmful attitudes
  • participation in wider conversations with respect to gender justice, and sharing information and insights – for example with ecumenical and non-governmental partners, with governments and with the programmes, commissions and councils of the United Nations.

Ending and Preventing Gender Based Violence

A key piece of work is raising awareness of the prevalence of gender based and domestic violence and the potential of churches to work towards its elimination, create safe space, and care for and enable survivors of violence. 


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Project Director for Gender Justice
Mandy Marshall
+44 (0)20 7313 3919