Dinah & Gender-Based Violence

ICJW and the Commonwealth Jewish Women’s Network (CJWN) are asking Jewish communities around the world to focus on the Biblical story of Dinah, read on Shabbat November 20, and the wider issue of gender-based violence today. The CJWN, established by the Commonwealth Jewish Council (CJC), is a network representing the women in the Jewish communities […]

Protesting Against the Abuse of Palestinian Children

ICJW’s representatives at the United Nations in New York participated in a protest rally near the New York office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), together with other Jewish NGOs at the UN, The Lawfare Project , Yad Yamin NYC, and the #EndJewHatred movement.  Another similar demonstration took place simultaneously near the […]

Historic Joint Statement on Women, Peace & Diplomacy

An historic Joint Statement on Women, Peace and Diplomacy was presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva by the governments of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Morocco, and Israel. On Wednesday 22 September 2021, during the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri of Bahrain delivered a Joint […]

Durban IV Boycott & Counter-Conference

In September 2021, the United Nations will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 2001 Durban Conference on Racism. UN Watch and parliamentarians from across Europe have launched a global boycott campaign urging countries to pull out, and there will be an online counter-conference on September 19, 2021. The Durban IV Counter-Conference Webinar on September 19 […]

US Funding of UNRWA Conditional on Agency Reform

The International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) and the ‘UNRWA: Stop Teaching Hate’ campaign welcome the intention of the United States government to impose conditions on the renewed funding of the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA). The U.S. State Department has issued guidelines requiring that the funding of the UN agency charged with the […]

Ending Child Marriage

Charting Brighter Futures Judy Mintz, ICJW representative to UNICEF, attended the Zoom launch of the Child Marriage Monitoring Mechanism on June 2, 2021 and reports on the webinar. This webinar, organized by UNICEF, presented a vision to end child marriage.  An estimated 650 million girls and women alive today were married before their 18th birthdays. […]

Reimagine. Recreate. Restore

World Environment Day, 5 June 2021 The global crises of the past year have brought many of us to the brink of despair as we witness the fragility of life and nature. We therefore welcome the sense of hope implicit in this year’s theme for World Environment Day – ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.’ The organisers of World Environment Day […]

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, […]

Women! ICJW stands for Women’s Rights!

This week’s extraordinary push by women to be recognised as equal citizens coincides with the world’s biggest meeting of women at the UN Commission on the Status of Women based in New York. In the past few days huge public gatherings of women in Britain and Australia have responded to recent events in their communities […]

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 […]