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  • June 01, 2020 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic) welcomes the Israeli District Court’s momentous decision this week that Malka Leifer is mentally fit to face extradition proceedings. Leifer has been charged in Victoria with 74 counts of child abuse.

    Leifer, the former principal of Melbourne’s Adass Israel school, fled to Israel in 2008 after allegations were made against her. Protracted legal proceedings and evasion of an extradition hearing based on Leifer’s mental state has so far denied her accusers access to justice and closure of their painful experiences.

    This decision marks an important milestone in the case against Leifer. We hope that the judicial proceedings against her continue without any further unnecessary delays. NCJWA Vic has proudly supported Dassi Erlich in her campaign to #bringleiferback and urge that Leifer be extradited to Australia to face the charges against her as a matter of urgency.

  • December 02, 2019 8:09 PM | Anonymous

    The National Council of Jewish Women Australia (Victoria) celebrates the Victorian government’s initiative to make its public sector accountable on gender equality.

    The Gender Equality Bill introduced into Victorian Parliament this week, is the first attempt to enshrine gender equality into Australian law. When enacted, 300 employers and 380,000 employees will be affected. The Victorian public service, local councils, universities, TAFEs, Victoria Police, Court Services Victoria and the Office of Public Prosecutions will all have to become more gender equal through targets, action plans and reporting.

    Given the 14.1% gender pay gap, that women are doing 63% of the state’s unpaid work and that one in two mothers reported experiencing workplace discrimination as a result of pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work, the case for action is acutely clear. The legislation is aimed at closing the gender pay gap, removing barriers to progression for women and reducing the risk of "retirement poverty" for women, while boosting opportunities for men to work flexibly.

    We applaud the Victorian Government’s bold initiative which aims to address the structural and systemic issues that perpetuate gender inequality. The Bill demonstrates a commitment to ensuring the public sector takes proactive steps to promote and realise gender equality.

    We stand with the Victorian Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams who said “We’re making history and making gender equality a non-negotiable by law because it’s 2019 and women and girls deserve every opportunity to succeed”.

    The National Council of Jewish Women Australia (Victoria) is an organisation committed to advancing the status of all women and girls. We champion gender equality through advocacy and activism, such as our #MakeSpaceForHer campaign. We are currently trying to achieve gender equality in Jewish communal leadership and representation.

    We believe that the Victorian government’s gender equality strategy and in particular its Gender Equality Bill is an important step to ensure sustained and measurable action and cultural change.

    Advocacy Subcommittee

    National Council of Jewish Women Australia (Victoria)

  • September 03, 2019 8:01 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you Paul Hamer MP for supporting NCJWA VIC Gender Equality Pledge #MakeSpaceForHer 

  • August 31, 2019 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you Josh Burns MP for publishing a supporting statement, calling community organisations to adapt NCJWA VIC Gender Equality Pledge #MakeSpaceForHer.

  • August 31, 2019 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you Tim Wilson MP for publishing a supporting statement, calling community organisations to adapt NCJWA VIC Gender Equality Pledge #MakeSpaceForHer.

  • August 27, 2019 7:58 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you David Southwick MP for publishing a supporting statement, calling community organisations to adapt NCJWA VIC Gender Equality Pledge #MakeSpaceForHer.

  • July 02, 2019 3:44 PM | Deleted user

    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.

  • November 22, 2018 6:52 PM | Anonymous

    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 anna.serry@ncjwavic.org.au.

    20 November 2018

  • November 22, 2018 2:06 PM | Anonymous

    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

  • October 18, 2018 9:19 AM | Anonymous


    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.


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