What is ICJW?
The International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) is an umbrella organization representing Jewish women and women’s organizations in 34 countries.
ICJW represents Jewish women from all walks of life in many important international forums and is strategically positioned to confront and respond to the concerns of the Jewish community and women in general.
In the spirit of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – ICJW campaigns to end human trafficking and to advance the status of women. Believing that women’s rights are human rights, ICJW lobbies for an end to discrimination against women in all spheres of life. In its battle against intolerance, ICJW campaigns alongside people of goodwill to combat racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of religious discrimination.
ICJW has consultative status at the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and maintains permanent delegations in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Paris. ICJW is also represented at the Council of Europe, the European Women’s Lobby, the International Council of Women, the World Jewish Congress, and many other international and regional organizations.
ICJW’s affiliates and members in 34 countries are involved in a wide range of volunteer activities, offering care services for needy populations, promoting grassroots social welfare projects, providing leadership training for communal activists, and advocating on issues of local and national concern.
ICJW is mostly funded by investment income from generous bequests from members past and present. The organization receives membership dues from each of its affiliates, but many pay only a token amount and the total sum received contributes approximately 1% of the organization’s budget.