Gathering of Global Jewish Women Leaders in Sydney

ICJW women from around the world will convene in Sydney, Australia, from May 27-30, to discuss how women are changing the world.

The International Council of Jewish Women will hold their 23rd Quadrennial Convention in Sydney, Australia, bringing together female Jewish leaders from around the globe. The theme of the Convention is “Evolving Beyond Tradition: The Impact of Women’s Perspectives and Developing Roles”, both within and beyond the Jewish community.

The Convention participants will include representatives from South Africa, the United States, Canada, the UK, France, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bosnia, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Colombia and Cuba.

The 3-day convention will explore how women’s perspectives are changing the world. Its wide-ranging sessions will explore how entrepreneurial women are helping to save the planet, and how women human rights campaigners are making a difference on the international stage. It will bring together influential Jewish women leaders from different countries to discuss the similarities and differences in the challenges that they face. The speakers will include prominent women in Australian life, such as Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Jennifer Morris, Founder and Chair of Women for Election Australia, Ronni Kahn: Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity, Natalie Isaacs: Founder and CEO of One Million Women – Fighting Climate Change, and Melinda Tankard-Reist, Founding Director of Women’s Forum Australia.

Participants will enjoy an opening dinner at the Royal Motor Yacht Club and a Dinner Cruise around Sydney Harbour. They will learn about Jewish Sydney including a tour of the Great Synagogue and they will enjoy a reception at Sydney Town Hall with Lord Mayor Clover Moore. At the end of the Convention, the new ICJW President will be installed at the Gala Dinner at North Bondi Surf Club Restaurant in Bondi Beach.

Convention organizer and out-going ICJW President Robyn Lenn OAM, explains: “This Convention is a wonderful opportunity for women leaders from Jewish communities around the world to come together and share their experiences. We will be tackling some of the most pressing issues that concern us all, such as the sexualisation of young women and violence against women and children. At ICJW we are actively involved in campaigning for human rights and equal rights for women of all cultures. We can see how women’s perspectives are helping to change the world in many ways, and by coming together we can inspire one another to continue this important work.”

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