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 […]

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 […]

CWOI Petitions the Knesset

On March 25, 2020, the Council of Women’s Organizations in Israel – ICJW’s Israel affiliate – petitioned the Knesset  about the lack of leadership of the country, due to failed coalition negotiations, and about the absence of women from the temporary government committees. Oshrit Setbon, Chair of the CWOI, has written to the leaders of […]

Unchain My Heart Campaign

ICJW promoted the Get your Gett International Agunah Day Campaign, focusing on March 9 – the date of the Fast of Esther, which was chosen because it symbolizes Jewish women campaigning for their rights. In honour of International Agunah Day on the Fast of Esther (March 9, 2020), Jewish organisations around the world united to […]

Orange the World

UN’s UNite Campaign to Eliminate Rape and Violence against Women and Girls. ICJW representatives Fran Butensky and Madeleine Brecher report on the United Nations’ Official Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls on November 25, 2019. On November 26th, at UN headquarters in New York, hundreds of grassroots […]

Violence Against Women

“Sexual violence against women and girls is rooted in centuries of male domination. Let us not forget that the gender inequalities that fuel rape culture are essentially a question of power imbalances.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres Why we must eliminate violence against women Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, […]

Signing the Every Woman Treaty

ICJW is proud to support the Every Woman Treaty campaign for a global treaty to end violence against women and girls. Background: Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation on earth.It occurs in all countries, across all races, and takes multiple forms. The United Nations defines violence against women as […]

Women’s March 2019

NCJW USA has been considering its participation in the Women’s March, planned for January 19, 2019, in Washington D.C. and in cities around the world. This statement by Beatrice Kahn, President, and Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO, sets out our U.S. affiliate’s considered opinion on this controversial organization and event. “It’s an exciting time for women […]

Preventing Violence Against Women in Israel

Aviva Kohlman from the Council of Women’s Organizations in Israel reports on our Israeli affiliates’ activities to prevent Violence Against Women in Israel. The struggle to prevent Violence Against Women must be a multi-pronged effort, including appropriate legislation, education, information and resource development, women’s professional training and job opportunities, and, of course, enforcement. Women’s organizations in […]