René Cassin is running an exciting programme of events to highlight and inform our new work on women’s rights.
The festival explores and celebrates the rights of women, and the wonderful work taking place within the Jewish community and wider society to promote women’s social justice. It asseses the legacy of women’s rights and the new directions in which campaigns are headed. Over 10 days, we examine the multifaceted reality of being a woman in a ‘post-pandemic’ world, socio-economic challenges to gender equality and building bold, determined Jewish communities in the quest for full equality.
More than 30 events over ten days! Download a full programme – HERE
Events listed below are confirmed. More sessions are being added, so check this page regularly. All sessions are online and free to attend.
Book your places, get involved, help shape the future of women’s rights.
Friday 26 November
Exploring women’s rights and the intersectionality with freedom of religion and belief with – Laura Marks OBE and Katharine Thane
Sunday 28 November
Interactive workshop on relationship between tech & gender-based violence. And a taste of what it’s like to work in a feminist tech organisation.
Understanding the challenges facing disabled women and exploring opportunities for improvement.
How and why Uyghur women have been targeted by the Chinese regime – focusing on the role of women as ‘culture carriers’ in Uyghur society.
Is a caring economy is an idea whose time has come? Marion Sharples of the Women’s Budget Group sets out an alternative economic model.
Monday 29 November
Intersectional feminism across faith groups – with Lauren Keiles, Board of Deputies of British Jews & Mary Mukyala, a Christian from Uganda.
The need for more compassion is evident – but how can we get it? This workshop will give you useful tools for bridge-building & resilience.
The lessons of CWJ’s ground-breaking work, including recommendations for reform – with Harriet Wistrich, Katy Swaine Williams & Varda Bondy.
She’s been a feminist & campaigner on women’s rights for as long as she can remember – hear Dame Margaret in conversation with Amanda Bowman.
Have a flourishing online presence without compromising your wellbeing. Expert advice on how to protect yourself from online abuse.
Tuesday 30 November
Exploring the experiences of young women navigating today’s job market and benefits system – difficulties, challenges, & ideas for change. With the Young Women’s Trust.
In its more than 100 year history, the Union of Jewish Students has had only nine female Presidents. Why? Come and find out from no less than five of those women ex-presidents.
How will the government’s post-Covid plans impact on women & girls? With Caroline Nokes MP, Chair of the Women & Equalities Select Committee.
What lessons can we learn from the campaign to make misogyny a hate crime? Hear from Bella Ford who, with Stella Creasy MP, led that campaign.
Exploring the origins of the custom, the journey women have historically taken with it, and how it is being reclaimed for everybody today.
Wednesday 1 December
Young Women’s Trust members share the skills and tools that will help you to create change.
Grappling with race, religion, and intersectionality – how diverse communities can be vehicles for building a liberated future.
Can our criminal justice system ever be fit for purpose when it comes to violence against women and girls? If so, what changes are needed? With Rebecca Hitchen of the End Violence Against Women Coalition.
Jess has committed her life to improving the lives of others, and encouraging women & girls to take back power and control. Expect wisdom, wit, and plain-speaking from this inspirational politician.
Thursday 2 December
The origins of these dual hatreds, the ways in which they manifest today, and suggestions as to what we can do about it all – with Danny Stone MBE & Dame Louise Ellman.
Women experiencing domestic abuse have fared parrticularly badly in the isolation of the pandemic – hear how Jewish Women’s Aid has responded.
Nearly 20 years ago, Dr Tamar Ross wrote her seminal work, Expanding the Palace of Torah. What changes have there been over the last two decades for women in Orthodoxy? What are the challenges and opportunities today?
Sunday 5 December
Placing women’s voices at the forefront – an interfaith workshop with writers Elizabeth Arif-Fear and Emily Zinkin.
Discussing violence against young women & girls – particularly in Jewish communities – and necessity and intricacies of prevention education.
Workshop follow up to the session “Inspired by Hope: New visions for empowered consent education” (see above)
Monday 6 December
Diving into the lives of Jewish women who journeyed to Britain from Baghdad, Cairo, Marrakesh, Tehran and beyond.
Led by Jewish World Watch, a US based organisation that works to bring help and healing to survivors of mass atrocities around the globe, and to inspire people of all faiths and cultures to join the ongoing fight against genocide
Uyghur cooking demonstration and a conversation about the importance of culture, family, and friendship.
Download a full programme – HERE