Mama Flo & Day of the Girl

To mark International Day of the Girl on October 11, we profile the Mama Flo campaign by the Union of Jewish Women of South Africa, which aims to find short and long-term sustainable solutions to period poverty. 

European Women Lobby for Equal Representation

Lucette Pilcer sent this report on the General Assembly of the European Women’s Lobby meeting in Brussels from June 9 to 11, 2023. Founded in 1990, the European Women’s Lobby represents more than 2000 EU organisations from 26 Member States, as well as 17 European-wide organisations of which ICJW is one. This was the first […]

International Agunah Day 2023

International Agunah Day is traditionally commemorated on Ta’anit Esther, the Fast of Esther, the day before Purim. This year, considering the current situation in Israel vis a vis the impending changes to the judiciary, we must be especially mindful of the plight of Agunot. It appears that the Beth Din in Israel will gain increased […]

International Women’s Day

Message from Robyn Lenn OAM, Chair of the ICJW Status of Women Committee  March 8 is a date which should be known by every woman in every country! It is important to you, to all women, and to our organisations. It is the date on which International Women’s Day has been celebrated all over the world […]

Gender Equality is a Human Right

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and it runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December. Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation around the world, affecting […]

The Impact of COVID on Women

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe and the FCEM (Femmes Chefs D’Entreprises Mondiales) have published a report on the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of women around the world, including proposed solutions and policy action suggestions. The Covid-19 pandemic has had strong effects on the whole society, most severely […]

ICJW marks International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2022, marks the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations International Day of the Girl (IDG). IDG is much more than just a day – it’s a global movement that fights injustices. Over the past ten years, there has been increased attention on issues that matter to girls among governments, policymakers […]

ICJW Focuses on Ageing

At the ICJW Convention in Jerusalem in May 2022, a unanimous resolution was passed on ageing, with a focus on older women. The resolution noted that a human rights approach to support the protection of older people, especially women, was necessary, and encouraged the ICJW representatives at the UN to continue supporting a Convention on […]

International Women’s Day 2022

March 8 is the annual day globally recognised as International Women’s Day. This observance has been retained in the international calendar since 1911 and is recognised by women as an important marker in our lives, regardless of our global region, country, occupation or family position. By continuing to commemorate this international day we recognise the […]


Do we ever wonder why there are 16 days annually designated to remind us to combat gender-based violence? Why is this annual UN observance essential? Who is promulgating continued consistent violence all over the world? Who are the victims of this violence? With a shock we have to recognise that violence against women is so […]