Tackling Femicide

In February 2020, the Vrouwenraad and the Conseil des Femmes Francophones de Belgique, the Flemish and the French Speaking Councils of Women of Belgium, organized a round-table conference at the Belgian Federal Parliament in Brussels about “Feminicide:  Murder of women because they are women, because of hate of women and honor killing”. Ayala Bleys, President […]

Representing Jewish Women Worldwide

ICJW has joined the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations (CRNGO), representing Jewish women around the world. Fran Butensky, ICJW Representative at the UN in New York, reports. ICJW was invited to join this committee and we have accepted a position on their Bureau. We have been attending meetings in person and now […]

Healing the Earth

Jade Weiner from the Union of Jewish Women of South Africa reports on the environmental impact of the Coronavirus lockdown around the world. While people have been on lock-down all over the world in an attempt to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Earth has been able to rejuvenate and heal. The Jewish […]

Showing Solidarity in South Africa

Lynne Raphaely from the Union of Jewish Women in South Africa reports on three important interfaith projects with South Africa’s Chinese and Muslim communities. Showing solidarity with the Chinese Community In March 2020, members of the Johannesburg Jewish community prepared for the upcoming Purim festival in a unique way by doing their pre-Purim shopping at […]

ICJW in Times of International Crisis

By Dee Hart, Sydney, Australia,  28 April 2020 A couple of days ago, Past ICJW President Robyn Lenn OAM dropped at my front gate her spare copy of the book by Nelly Las – “Jewish Women in a Changing World : A history of the international Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) 1899-1995” – suggesting it […]

Earth Week

Earth Day Week is a week of events taking place between 20-25 April 2020 While the world is consumed by Covid-19 and its devastating impacts on population health and global and national economies, the climate crisis has disappeared from public attention. The imminent threat of Covid-19 has distracted us from the far greater, but more […]

The Women of Egypt – In Those Days and in Ours

“In the merit of righteous women that were in that generation, the Jewish people were redeemed from Egypt” (Sotah, 11b:4) Sitting in front of the keyboard, I want to write you some thoughts on the current, challenging situation, but it’s not an easy task. These are tough, complicated times. The COVID-19 crisis requires us to […]

CWOI Petitions the Knesset

On March 25, 2020, the Council of Women’s Organizations in Israel – ICJW’s Israel affiliate – petitioned the Knesset  about the lack of leadership of the country, due to failed coalition negotiations, and about the absence of women from the temporary government committees. Oshrit Setbon, Chair of the CWOI, has written to the leaders of […]

Unchain My Heart Campaign

ICJW promoted the Get your Gett International Agunah Day Campaign, focusing on March 9 – the date of the Fast of Esther, which was chosen because it symbolizes Jewish women campaigning for their rights. In honour of International Agunah Day on the Fast of Esther (March 9, 2020), Jewish organisations around the world united to […]