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  • 02 July 2019 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    Did you see the Australian Jewish News this week?

    There was a report on our campaign: #MakeSpaceForHer.

    #MakeSpaceForHer is aimed at ensuring Jewish women in Victoria are equally represented in leadership positions within our community and participate equally in community events. This special issue on women in the community included: front page article on NCJWA Vic’s Gender Equality Pledge; an article by Nina Bassat, one of our wise women, discussing the role of women-power in out community; an opinion pieceIt’s Time to Actively Seek out Female Leadership by Advocacy Committee member, Renee Zelwer; an article on The Evolution of Our Women’s Organisations by Rebecca Davis; a bio of Governance & Risk Committee member, Lexi Kowal; and Rebecca Davis’ Writing Women into the Past – and the Future – based on her introduction to the 2019 NCJWA Vic Mina Fink Lecture.

  • 22 November 2018 6:52 PM | Office NCJWA VIC (Administrator)

    The mission of the National Council of Jewish Women Australia (Victoria) is to create a better world for women and girls. It recognises that women and girls are among the world’s most underutilised resources and that only with the achievement of gender equality can a country, community or economy achieve its full potential. Gender equality will improve freedom, democracy, prosperity, and peace.

    To achieve gender equality, women and girls must be given the same rights and opportunities enjoyed by men across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision making. The behaviours, needs, and aspirations of women and girls need to be respected and valued as much as those of men.

    NCJWA VIC is developing a strategy to promote gender equality throughout the Victorian Jewish community. It wishes to consult and collaborate with Jewish organisations to gain their commitment to and implementation of gender equality practices. NCJWA Vic applauds organisations including the Jewish Community Council of Victoria and the Australian Union of Jewish Students who have already pledged to achieve gender equality in their elected representatives and, in the case of AUJS, in presenters at all its public forums. We commend JCCV, AUJS and other organisations who have made similar commitments on setting a great example to advance gender equality and hope more community organisations implement gender equality practices in the near future.

    If you have any questions or would like more information about advancing gender equality practices in your organisation, please contact Anna Serry, Chair of the NCJWA Vic Advocacy Subcommittee

    20 November 2018

  • 22 November 2018 2:06 PM | Office NCJWA VIC (Administrator)

    No voice, no vote

    Denying political representation to over half a million Haredi women in Israel is unacceptable in 2018

    Neta Ziv

    When I moved to Israel 20 years ago, I assumed that the idea of women fighting for the right to hold political office was a debate safely in the history books. Surely this is not relevant today. Yet it was only recently did I realize how wrong I had been.

    Continue reading on Neta Ziv's blog

  • 18 October 2018 9:19 AM | Office NCJWA VIC (Administrator)


    The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia congratulates the Queensland Parliament on its historic vote on 17 October 2018 to decriminalise abortion in that state.

    With the passage of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018, abortion will become legal until 22 weeks gestation, and after that with the approval of two doctors.

    Safe access zones will restrict protesters and people who harass women from coming within 150 metres of abortion clinics. The rights of choice based on religious beliefs are also protected.

    NCJWA applauds that termination will be treated in Queensland as a health issue and not a criminal matter and that women can safely and legally access full reproductive healthcare, without being harassed or intimidated.

    NCJWA is committed to advocating for human rights, including women’s reproductive rights and the freedom of women to have control over their bodies and their lives.

  • 30 June 2018 9:22 AM | Office NCJWA VIC (Administrator)

    NCJWA Shadow Report to CEDAW

    This week the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women will consider Australia's compliance with the UN Women's Convention. 

    NCJWA submitted a shadow report on the issue of agunot/gett refusal to the committee. 

    Access the report here

  • 07 May 2018 9:23 AM | Office NCJWA VIC (Administrator)


    A submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission

    Prepared by Talya Faigenbaum and Dr Ann Wollner

    On behalf of

    Unchain My Heart Incorporated Inc and

    National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Ltd

    Available Here

  • 08 March 2018 9:25 AM | Office NCJWA VIC (Administrator)


    We are deeply disappointed at the release of Malka Leifer from detention to house arrest. It has been claimed that her detention was “humiliating” for Ms Leifer. It is the humiliation and hurt of her alleged victims that matters. They have a right to have their accusations heard in legal proceedings. We call for the Israeli justice system to expedite the return of Ms Leifer to Australia to face charges of sexual abuse.

  • 15 September 2017 9:27 AM | Office NCJWA VIC (Administrator)

    National Council of Jewish Women of Australia supports same sex marriage as part of its stand against discrimination. Based on the human right to equality, we believe that civil marriage under the Marriage Act should be available to all people, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliations and beliefs. We agree with the Executive Council of Australian Jewry that amending the definition of marriage in Australian civil law will not affect religious freedoms for those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage.

    We encourage our members and community to take part in the plebiscite and promote equality and reduce discrimination. It is our hope that Australia will join the growing list of over 20 countries around the world where same sex marriage is legally recognized, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, in order to create a modern, fair and just society.

    Victoria Nadel & Sylvia Deutsch OAM
    Acting National Co-Presidents

    Miriam Bass, President & Board
    NCJWA (Vic) Inc


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