Did you know that while the vast majority of those who work and volunteer in the Jewish community are women, more often than not, those who hold the top jobs/roles are men? Try to remember famous Jewish men from throughout history and most of us won’t struggle to think of plenty but it’s a struggle to think of nearly as many famous Jewish women.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. For the second year running, the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) are joining the celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements by celebrating the amazing women in our own community.
The worldwide theme of International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. At WUJS we’re adding our own hashtag to the campaign... #JustLikeHer so that we can highlight the women in our community who've already been bold and use there example to inspire others. We want people to recognise Jewish women contributions and achievements and the best way to do that is to get people speaking about them.
So how does it work?
Step 1: Be nominated (optional).
Normally, people are nominated by friends to do this, via social media, but you’re more than welcome to do this on your own.
Step 2: Think of a Jewish woman that inspires you.
Decide on a Jewish woman that inspires you and make sure that you have at least 30 seconds worth of information about her. The woman can be either historical or contemporary, it's up to you!
Step 3: Talk about her to the camera and nominate 3 friends to make their own videos.
Record a short video of yourself talking about the woman you chose. At the start of your video, read the script from step 4, to vocally announce who nominated you (if anyone), and who you nominate.
Most people use a cell phone to film challenges, and that’s perfectly alright, but please shoot it normally (in landscape mode), rather than sideways (portrait mode), because it makes for better video.
You can also encourage people to check out the list of organisations/projects supporting Jewish women at the bottom of this page and consider supporting one of them in recognition of IWD!
Step 4: Post your video to Facebook.
Upload your video to Facebook. To accompany your video, write out a message describing the challenge, your nominations, and who nominated you. Use Facebook’s “tagging” feature to tag people by name, so they are aware of being nominated. You should also repeat this information in the video. We’ve written out a sample, which you can use for your own video.
“Thanks [friend’s name] for nominating me! I would like to nominate [friend],[friend], and [friend]. You have 24 hours to complete the challenge!”
Don’t forget to hashtag #BeBoldForChange and #JustLikeHer
List of Jewish organisations supporting women
Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse
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