The Most Remarkable Jewish Woman of our Time?

The recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has sparked a renewed global interest in the life and influence of this remarkable woman. To ICJW women around the world, RBG can be held up as a striking role model of a Jewish woman unafraid of using her knowledge and brilliance to progress human rights and the […]

Rosh Hashanah Greeting

When I was approached over 3 years ago and asked if I would consider putting my name forward as the next President of ICJW, I made two lists. One in favour of accepting and one against. Top of the list for accepting was “Meeting Affiliates”, and next was the ability to travel and see the […]

We Need a Global Green Recovery Urgently!

Climate change has not stopped while COVID19 rages, according to the United in Science 2020 multi-agency report, whose findings were presented on 9 September 2020 . The report, coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization, finds that greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are at record levels and continue to increase. After a temporary decline caused by […]

100 Years of Votes for Women

The 19th Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing American women the right to vote was ratified on August 18 1920. This day in 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the date that American women achieved voting equality with American men. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in the United States is not only the largest affiliate organisation […]

Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In July 2020, Robyn Lenn OAM, Chair of ICJW’s  Status of Women Committee, together with Mary Liling, ICJW Co-Chair of Human Rights in Geneva, joined a webinar which focused through an international lens on the findings and recommendations from the 2018 Australian enquiry on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.    This was the fourth Respect@Work […]

Impacts of COVID-19 on Trafficking

Marking July 30 2020, World Day Against Trafficking, the NGO Committee on Trafficking in Persons deplores the increased vulnerabilities caused by the worldwide disruptions of COVID-19. With the primary attentions of countries and communities everywhere focused on containing the health and economic crises of the COVID pandemic, the peril of 3.8 million adults and 1 million […]

Campaigning for Nasrin Sotoudeh

ICJW is calling for the release of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer, who has been detained in Iran’s Evin Prison since June 2018.  Nasrin Sotoudeh is a human rights lawyer who has dedicated her life to safeguarding the rights of Iranians. Advocating for activists and political prisoners, especially those who have stood up for […]

Gender Impacts of COVID-19

A multilateral approach to the Gender Impacts of COVID-19 at the Intersection of Health and Finance was discussed at the monthly meeting of the NGO NY Commission on the Status of Women. Madeleine Brecher, ICJW’s representative to the NGO CSW in New York reports on this important virtual meeting that she attended on 18 June, […]

Restarting the Generation Equality Initiative

ICJW’s Madeleine Brecher reports on the initiatives being taken to restart the Generation Equality Initiative that was supposed to be launched at the 2020 UN Commission on the Status of Women. CSW64 in New York in March, which included the 25th anniversary celebration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was cancelled due to […]

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 […]