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 […]

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 […]

Israel bans sex services and pardons prostitutes

In January 2021, Israel become one of the first countries to enforce a ban on the use of prostitutes, and also announced a program to cancel the criminal records of convicted prostitutes. Israel is one of the world’s most progressive countries on the issue of prostitution, along with Sweden, Canada, France and Ireland. The new […]

NGO Council of Europe Report (October 15-16, 2020)

The first part of the Autumn session of the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs (International NGOs) was held entirely online. (The second part will take place from December 15-16, 2020.) Anna Rurka, President of the INGOs welcomed the speakers of the different sessions and the 400 virtual participants. In such unprecedented circumstances, Mrs. M.Pejcinovic […]

CWOI’s Domestic Violence Campaign Bears Fruit

The Council of Women’s Organizations in Israel (CWOI) has played a key role in securing the establishment of a national authority dedicated to the eradication of domestic violence. Announcing this new authority at a Knesset committee meeting on November 23, 2020, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Israel’s Prime […]