Leading Jewish human rights organization supports thousands of advocates for women’s rights in 19 of the poorest countries in the world
NEW YORK, NY – American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the leading Jewish organization working to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world, announced today its participation in the Women’s Marches taking place on Saturday, January 21st, in both Washington, D.C. and New York City.
Statement of Robert Bank, President and CEO of AJWS
“The rights and dignity of women worldwide are a central concern of AJWS and its supporters, and we are marching in Washington, D.C. and New York City to put the incoming administration on notice that we stand with women who are advocating for their rights here in the United States and around the world,” said Robert Bank, President and CEO of AJWS. “We are gravely concerned that America’s next administration will reverse much of the progress that women have made over the past eight years, which witnessed U.S. foreign policy focus more than ever before on the needs and rights of women worldwide,” said Bank.
“We strongly support the marches and are encouraging Jews who wish to stand up proudly as Jews for the human rights of women worldwide to join us behind our banner,” added Bank. “Pursuing justice for women and girls is a core value of our global Jewish community. In marching, we call upon the new administration and new Congress to use its influence and resources to advance the rights of women around the world in every area of their lives.”
Women’s March Details for Washington, D.C.
Pre-March Rally: “A Gathering of Strength,” to connect, sing and honor Shabbat with a large contingent of progressive Jewish groups.
- Where: Sixth and I Synagogue.
- When: Doors will open at 8:00 AM; Rally will take place from 8:45 to 9:30 AM.
- Co-sponsored by American Jewish World Service.
From the rally, the contingent will walk behind the AJWS banner to the starting point of the Women’s March on Washington, in solidarity with peers from Avodah, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, HIAS, Jewish Women International, Jewish Women’s Archive, Keshet, Lilith Magazine, National Council of Jewish Women and more. Note: registration is required to attend the pre-march rally.
Women’s March Details for New York City
- Where: AJWS contingent will assemble at Robert Moses Playground (on the corner of 42nd Street and 1st Avenue).
- When: Assemble at 12:00 PM.
- At 12:30 PM, the group will walk to Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza near the UN (47th Street and 1st Avenue).
- AJWS’s assigned start time for the Women’s March is 12:45 PM.
To register and participate in the AJWS Women’s March in Washington, D.C., or the Women’s March New York City, please click here.
About American Jewish World Service
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS promotes civil and political rights; advances sexual health and rights; defends access to food, land and water; and aids communities in the aftermath of disasters. AJWS pursues lasting change by supporting grassroots and global human rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by advocating for U.S. and international policies for justice and equality worldwide. Learn more at www.ajws.org.
About American Jewish World Service’s Work to Support Women and Girls
For more than three decades, AJWS has supported tens of thousands of advocates for women’s rights in dozens of the poorest countries in the world. Today, our partners are fighting sexual violence, demanding access to health care, ending child marriage, ensuring that all women can participate in the political life of their countries, and fighting for the land and water that women and their families depend on for survival.
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