On February 14th Hashomer Hatzair youth movement took part in the One Billion Rising for Justice in event Jerusalem. One Billion Rising for Justice is an international social campaign that encourages women around the world, and their allies, to gather in public places that they may not usually feel comfortable doing so. WUJS Chairperson, Andi Gergely, an alumnus of Hashomer Hatzair, attended the dance event, representing WUJS.
Andi quotes the ‘Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives’ in saying “Women make up half the world’s population, perform two-thirds of the world’s working hours, receive one-tenth of the world’s income and own only one-hundredth of the world’s property.”
Union of Jewish Students in UK and Ireland (UJS) launched their Women’s Network last year. The aim of this network is to ensure that UJS is open, accessible and inclusive to the needs and identities of its members. Emily Carp, a member of the group, commented on its opening, ‘Every year International Women’s Day shines a spotlight on the importance of achieving global and unilateral gender equality. This year, as we form the UJS liberation networks, it is interesting to reflect upon what we as British Jewish women are doing to tackle gender inequality on our campuses, in our J-Socs and in our liberation communities. For me personally, I want Jewish students – and particularly Jewish women – to feel empowered and supported in their lives.’
The European Union of Jewish Students is also organizing a seminar about gender equality later this year in London, details to follow.
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