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

2021 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

2021 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

This year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence will be the 30th such event since it was launched by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. During the 16 Days, which run from The International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women (25 November) to Human Rights Day (10 December), individuals and organisations around the world engage in public advocacy and high profile campaigns to call for an end to all forms of gender-based violence (GBV).

For the 16 Days of Activism in 2021, the Anglican Communion Office is inviting young Anglicans (aged 35 and under) to submit short videos which expresses their perspectives of gender-based violence. Between 25 November and 10 December, we will release a selection of those videos on our official social media channels as part of our response to the 16 Days.

Our campaign: “Exposure – Focusing the lens on gender-based violence" – will highlight different regions, languages and cultures across the Anglican Communion on the issue of GBV during the 16 days. The campaign will ensure that young people’s perspectives and views are given a platform.

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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 

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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.

Anglican Men speak up on Gender Based Violence

A key piece of work is raising awareness amongst men of the prevalence of gender based and domestic violence. In this film Anglican men from around the Communion share their thoughts 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