Prioritizing Girls

October 11 is the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child – a day dedicated to raising international awareness of issues facing girls around the world, such as education, nutrition, child marriage, legal and medical rights. Speaking at the ICJW Quadrennial Convention in Sydney in May 2018, Professor Gillian Triggs, who heads a UN […]

Opposing Sexual Objectification

ICJW is proud to join the Collective Shout campaign against the Honey Birdette international retail chain for continually objectifying women in their advertisements and displays in public spaces. The ICJW Status of Women Committee continues to campaign against the sexual objectification of women and girls. A culture in which women are valued primarily for their […]

Protecting the Rights of Older Persons

On the UN International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2018, the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, paid tribute to all those human rights advocates and heroes of everyday life for their passionate struggle to bring about change in the lives of older people. She […]

ICJW and Oz Harvest Fight Food Waste

Do you have food in your kitchen that will probably end up in the bin? Did this happen last week as well? Take a look at the food in your fridge and the bread, potatoes and fruit in bowls or bags in the larder or on the table. Can you guarantee that all of it […]

ICJW 2018 Resolutions

The International Council of Jewish Women, assembled in Sydney, Australia, at its Quadrennial Convention in May 2018, passed five resolutions about current events that are of concern to their members around the world. Sustainable Development Goals ICJW reaffirms its support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly as they pertain to women’s rights to […]

High Commissioner for Human Rights Reports on Progress

Fran Butensky, one of ICJW’s representatives at the UN in New York, attended a meeting at UN HQ with the out-going High Commissioner For Human Rights on May 11, 2018. This one hour meeting with Zeid Ra’ad Al was his last with the Human Rights Committee in New York because his term as High Commissioner […]

CSW62 Outcome Document and Gender & Human Rights Advocacy

Madeleine Brecher, ICJW Representative to the NGO/CSW in New York reports on their meeting on 19 April 2018 to discuss the CSW62 Outcome Document and how to find advocacy opportunities for Gender & Human Rights issues. The April meeting was divided into two parts: • The Gender and Human Rights Panel featuring: 1. Thierno Adenhof, Associate […]

Gathering of Global Jewish Women Leaders in Sydney

ICJW women from around the world will convene in Sydney, Australia, from May 27-30, to discuss how women are changing the world. The International Council of Jewish Women will hold their 23rd Quadrennial Convention in Sydney, Australia, bringing together female Jewish leaders from around the globe. The theme of the Convention is “Evolving Beyond Tradition: […]

Season of Remembrance

  Yom HaShoah. April 12 Yom HaZikaron. April 18 Yom HaAtzmaut April 19 These three important observances in the global Jewish calendar will take place within the next fortnight. In our Jewish communities around the world, but especially in Israel, these commemorations are marked by community gatherings, to ensure that we, as Jews, remember our past […]

World Programme for Human Rights Education

ICJW’s representative to the UN in Geneva, Eftichia Simha, reports on a panel Discussion on the World Programme for Human Rights Education entitled “What Focus for the Fourth Phase?” The discussion was organized by the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning with the co-sponsorship of the States platform on Human Rights Education (Brazil, […]