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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The Anglican Communion Office has hosted a series of webinars featruing senior church leaders focusing on gender equality, empowerment and tackling poverty:

The Africa Six: Pioneering Anglican Episcopal Women Leaders Transforming Poverty in Africa

To coincide with the Anglican presence at the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), the Anglican Communion Office hosted a special webinar featuring the six African women bishops. They discussed issues relating to gender justie and poverty in Africa.

Inspiring Inclusion - International Women's Day Webinar

To mark International Women’s Day 2024, the Rt Revd Vicentia Kgabe (Bishop of the Diocese of Lesotho), and the Revd Domnic Misolo (Director of The Institute for Faith and Gender Empowerment - IFAGE) were guest speakers on a webinar called ‘Inspiring Inclusion’. The wide-ranging conversation touched on a number of themes including gender justice, women in leadership and the role that men can play in working for more equal societies.

The 16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year between 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and 10 December (Human Rights Day). The campaign is a good opportunity to speak out about domestic abuse, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation and the many other forms of violence against women and girls.

The Anglican Communion’s Director for Gender Justice, Mandy Marshall, wants to hear from your province and diocese about any plans you have to mark the 16 Days and how you will raise awareness during this time. These will be shared across our social media platforms. Please send details by email to [email protected].

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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.

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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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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