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

God's Justice: Theology and Gender Justice

God's Justice: Theology and Gender Justice

God’s Justice: Theology and Gender based Violence can help churches and members everywhere live together in mutually loving relationships free of violence and abuse, as Jesus Christ had taught. Written by scholars, clergy, and laity from different parts of the Anglican Communion, the purpose of God’s Justice is to show how the Bible and Christian teachings can support just, loving, and mutually respectful relationships, and to offer ways that churches can--and should--respond to gender-based injustice, abuse, and violence. God’s Justice is rooted in Resolution 16.02, passed by the Anglican Consultative Council in 2016, which encourages all provinces to help girls and boys, women and men, to participate in relationships “that reflect Christian values of love, dignity, and justice.

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Praying through the 16 Days of Activism

Praying through the 16 Days of Activism

As part of the 16 Days of Activism, we would love the Communion to be actively praying together in the fight to end Gender-Based Violence. It would be so powerful to be able to share your prayers around the world. To this end, we are asking you to send us a prayer in your own language for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. It does not need to be long, just a few sentences would be wonderful. If you could email your prayers to [email protected] by 12 November. Your submissions can be anonymous or named, whatever you prefer. Many thanks in advance.

Click to read a selection of prayers

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.

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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.

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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
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 7313 3919