Turkey withdraws from Istanbul Convention on Domestic Violence

ICJW has written letters of protest to the Turkish Ambassador to the United States, the Turkish UN Representative, and to UN Women, the Human Rights Committee in NY, and the Commission on the Status of Women, condemning Turkey’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, […]

Voices of Women Leaders Webinar

The second Webinar in ICJW’s Bridging the Gap series included the voices of four women leaders from ICJW- affiliated Jewish women’s organizations in Greece, Poland, South Africa and Sweden. The online webinar took place on Wednesday April 21. Click here to watch the video Here are the bios of the four participants: Karolina Schnaider from […]

UN Observation of International Women’s Day 2021

Reported by ICJW NGO UN representatives: Fran Butensky, Joan Lurie Goldberg and Judy Mintz About the event: Aligned with the priority theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, this event celebrated “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”, on the way to the Generation Equality […]

Who is Nasrin?

Who is Nasrin Sotoudeh?  Why does she matter so much? Debby Altow, Vice President of ICJW and Vice President of NCJW Canada, explains. In December 2020, Queens University in Canada conferred an honorary degree on the Iranian human rights campaigner Nasrin Sotoudeh, to recognize her profound contributions to the decades-long struggle for human rights and […]

International Agunah Day

by Rabbi Daniel Rabin February 25th is Taanit Esther (the Fast of Esther), a day which has been marked as International Agunah Day. Sadly the day is still required as the problem has not gone away. There has certainly been much positive work done to end the crisis and so many courageous people continue to […]

International Women’s Day Interfaith Webinar

The International Council of Jewish Women was invited to participate in an international online webinar organized by the World Union of Catholic Women Organizations (WUCWO) to mark International Women’s Day. It was entitled “Women Reading Fratelli tutti”, which is Pope Francis’ new Social Encyclical, encouraging fraternity and social friendship as the ways to build a […]

International Women’s Day

On March 8 2021, women around the globe will celebrate International Women’s Day. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP – ACHIEVING AN EQUAL FUTURE IN A COVID – 19 WORLD.’ The Campaign theme is ‘CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE’. This short punchy phrase aptly describes women’s current lives: our challenging […]

UN CSW65 Live & Online

The 2021 UN CSW65 events took place from March 15 – 26, 2021, online and open to everyone worldwide. (Last year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women event was cancelled because of the COVID pandemic.) This year’s CSW Priority Theme was “Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as […]

Promoting Jewish Women in Sweden

Karoline Schnaider tells the story of one of ICJW’s newest and youngest affiliates – the Swedish Jewish Women’s Society in Malmö, Sweden. One evening, during the fall of 2016, a group of friends met together over dinner in order to discuss an issue of great interest and importance to us all: our need for a […]