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 […]

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 […]

Orange the World to Support Women!

Every country in the world should recognise the importance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. Heralding the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and concluding on Human Rights Day, December 10, these weeks focus global attention on the serious problem of millions of the world’s women […]

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 […]

Protecting Girls

Marking the International Day of the Girl Child (October 14), the Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons decries the added vulnerabilities of girls to trafficking during the COVID crisis. Twenty-five years ago at the Fourth World Conference on Women, the United Nations unanimously adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which has since served as […]

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 […]

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, […]