International Human Rights Day

On December 10 2022, International Human Rights Day will bring to a close the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Annually, around the world, this period is dedicated to eliminating the ongoing global violation of human rights. Within the ICJW Program Policies on the Status of Women it says: “ICJW condemns all forms of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]