Women's Rights

Women’s rights are human rights. Women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination; to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn an equal wage. These rights will be fully realised only when they are proportionately represented in all sectors of society.

Campaign Updates:

René Cassin responds to Government’s Public Sexual Harassment Consultation

We have responded to the Government’s public consultation on sexual harassment, following guidance from Plan International and Our Streets Now. Our thanks go to Plan International and Our Streets Now […]

No Woman Left Behind: Call to Action supporting migrant women through the Istanbul Convention

The 8th June 2022 marks the 10 year anniversary of the UK signing the Istanbul Convention on Violence Against Women , a vital human rights instrument. Although the Government has […]

2021 – looking back at our year, and forward to the challenges ahead

Lots done in ’21, lots more to do in ’22

New Horizons Festival of Women’s Rights

30+ free online events – 26 Nov to 6 Dec – book your places now

Launching: 190 for C190!

René Cassin is working with the Alliance of Jewish Women and their Organisations to take a stand against sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace. Gender-based violence remains one […]

Misogyny as Hate Crime: Supporting the Amendment to ensure Law Commission Review is not neglected

Get involved – contact your MP

“The State of Women’s Rights Today” – Baroness Helena Kennedy QC leads latest roundtable

Kickstarting our new workstream on women’s rights – we were delighted to welcome a very impressive array of experts working on the front line

Call to action: sign our interfaith letter against women’s detention centre in Hassockfield, Durham

Read and sign the interfaith letter against Hassockfield HERE René Cassin is recruiting local, national and regional faith groups, communities and individuals across the UK, to sign on to our letter calling […]

Support the Domestic Abuse Bill; Ensure protection for migrant women

On the 15th April, the Domestic Abuse Bill will be going back to the House of Commons after its passage through the Lords. MPs will be voting on amendments put […]

The Jewish case against immigration detention is a Jewish voice for women’s liberation

By Esther Raffell, René Cassin’ Campaigns Officer International Women’s Day is a day of joy, affirmation, and resistance. For women and for people of marginalised genders, it can be tough […]

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

Women have the right to live free from violence and discrimination; to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn an equal wage.

Chained Women: Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery of Jewish Women in the 20th Century

By Lesley Urbach, René Cassin Fellow At the end of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century Jewish European women were trafficked across international borders to be sold into sex […]

Women’s Environmental Leadership – how a human rights approach can help people and the planet

By Eva Rehse and Sandy McClure, Global Greengrants Fund UK We need to act now to protect our planet, which is facing mass biodiversity extinction and the threat of a […]

China’s systematic oppression of Uyghur Women

René Cassin Briefing Paper – May 2020 Close to three million Muslim Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic communities in East Turkistan, the Chinese North western region of Xinjiang, are forced […]

Righteous Women – René Cassin’s Women’s Seder

What is your Seder night like? Does your father or grandfather sit at the head of the table and lead the telling of the exodus? Do you remember our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Do you discuss what the four sons have to say?

What about the righteous women?

René Cassin’s Women’s Seder Haggadah Companion

The 4 items on our Seder Plate: resistance, solidarity, empowerment & legacy

René Cassin honours the legacy of ‘Righteous Women’ on International Women’s Day 2020

René Cassin, the Jewish voice for human rights, strongly believes in the importance of learning from experience; we draw on our shared Jewish values and experience to advocate for human […]


Join us for an evening of discussion, sisterhood and solidarity

Trafficked women being transported “from one hell to another”

By Grace, Work Experience July 2019 Slavery, trafficking and indefinite detention are some of the greatest human rights issue of our time, affecting the mental health of those most vulnerable, […]

International Women’s Day 2019

Today is International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating how far we have come in securing women’s rights, but also for thinking about all those who have been left behind. […]

To Advance Women’s Rights, We Must Promote Human Rights

By Mia Hasenson-Gross, Executive Director of René Cassin When Minerva Bernardino from the Dominican Republic, Hansa Mehta from India and Shaista Ikramullah from Pakistan, joined Eleanor Roosevelt to ensure that […]

International Women’s Day 2019: Fundraising for Freedom

As we mark International Women’s Day, René Cassin is asking Youth Movements and local communities to organise fundraising events to raise money for female victims of modern slavery and human […]

20 years of the Human Rights Act – a view from Jewish Women’s Aid

By Lee Wax, Communications & Training Manager at Jewish Women’s Aid This past year marks the 20th anniversary of the UK Human Rights Act. It has also seen unprecedented change […]

Women in Hunger Strike at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

Government criticised over treatment of detainees

René Cassin statement on International Women’s Day – Thursday 8 March

Many women continue to suffer from inequality in their homes, employment and in state institutions

‘Lost humanity? Vulnerable Women in Detention’

How immigration detention affects women – and what Jewish teaching can tell us