At the Ninth Assembly meeting from July 8 to 16 in Africa, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) denounced discrimination against women in nations and churches. General Secretary Rev. Dr. Ishmael Noko pointed out that domestic violence and sexual harassment prove women still face disadvantages in society. In his own church, he said women’s representation was still inadequate despite the LWF’s focus on affirmative action for women. Rev. Noko suggested that the LWF Assembly, the highest decision-making body in the federation, come to an agreement on ways to increase the number of women in church leadership and at the local level.