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Dear Friends,
"Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use" ~ Ruth Gordon, American actress

The International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women declared by the UN in 1999, is commemorated worldwide on November 25 to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to violence in all different forms, be it physical, mental, sexual or financial. 

Despite increased public awareness of the matter, violence against women is still a prevalent phenomenon that crosses socioeconomic, racial and religious borders. Ending this violence is central to our efforts to empower women and girls, and to build stronger, fairer, more inclusive and stable societies. It is up to everyone to play their part; women’s rights are not only women’s business. Men and boys also need to take their place as partners in this battle. We all must work together to fight gender-based violence and the abuse of power in all of its forms.

With warm regards,

Janine Gelley 
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division.
World WIZO.


Israel's domestic violence problem is not getting better

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women observed annually on November 25, WIZO compiled a "Violence Index" for 2014, using data collected from all state agencies that deal with domestic violence. The survey is part of a wider campaign launched by WIZO to call on men to join the fight against domestic violence and change the perception that domestic violence is an extreme or marginal phenomenon related only to women. Read more...

The courage to leave

President Reuven Rivlin and his wife, Nechama, visited Jerusalem’s WIZO shelter for battered women on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25). They heard from WIZO staff and representatives of the Welfare and Social Services Ministry about the statistics of domestic violence; that half-a-million Israeli children live in violent home environments, that more shelters for battered women are needed, and about the type of help the women receive. Read more...

Haircuts for a cause 

All it takes is 8 inches of hair to make a tremendous difference in the life of a woman battling cancer. Created in 2006, Pantene Beautiful Lengths inspires people to grow, cut and donate their healthy hair to create free, real-hair wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. Several students at WIZO NIr Ha'emek Youth Village made a warm gesture of tikkun olam and donated their hair to this valuable cause. From the other side of the world WIZO Brazil chaverot have also taken up the challenge. See the successful outcome in this inspirational clip. Read more about the Israeli campaign.

Remembering the forgotten exodus of Jews from Arab lands

In just 50 years, almost a million Jews, whose communities stretch back up to 3,000 years, have been 'ethnically cleansed' from 10 Arab countries. These refugees outnumber the Palestinian refugees but their narrative has all but been ignored. November,30, marked the first instance of an annual remembrance day whereby schools, ministries and organisations in Israel and worldwide remembered the exodus of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. Read Prof. Irwin Cotler's excellent article. 

New museum reflects growing Polish interest in all things Jewish

Poland, the country on whose soil Nazi Germany carried out the darkest acts of the Holocaust, is starting to re-connect with its other role in Jewish history, as a home for 1,000 years to one of the world's biggest Jewish communities. Crowds have been streaming to Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews since its core exhibition opened Oct. 28 at a high-profile ceremony led by the presidents of Poland and Israel. Read more...

Land of milk and honeymoon

A Honeymoon in Israel – what could be more romantic? A new program will bring newlywed couples (ages 25-40) to the Holy Land for a heavily subsidized immersive group experience hoping to inspire them to build their new families on a foundation of Jewish identity. Honeymoon Israel trips will be filled with inspiration, recreation, and informal Jewish learning and spirituality. Read more...
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Compiled by World WIZO Organization & Tourism Division
Co-editors: Lisa Moss, Raquel Dar
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