American Jewish World Service is the first and only Jewish organization dedicated solely to ending poverty and promoting human rights in the developing world. Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, AJWS works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Today, AJWS is one of the top human rights funders in the world.
“American Jewish World Service is deeply saddened by the loss of Congresswoman Louis Slaughter, age 88. Congresswoman Slaughter served for 30 years in the United States House of Representatives, where she demonstrated powerful leadership through her steadfast commitment to human rights and justice for women, girls and LGBTI people here in the U.S. and around the world. Congresswoman Slaughter’s work to promote and protect programs to advance sexual and reproductive health within U.S. foreign policy and aid programs has played a crucial role in the 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean where AJWS works—bringing us closer to achieving gender equality worldwide. May her memory be an inspiration and a call to action until gender equality is a reality worldwide with no exceptions.”
By Margo Mullinax, PhD, and Elizabeth Daube The 2018 Commission on the Status of Women is underway at the United Nations this week, and at AJWS, we’ve just launched a new video for the occasion. “When Women Lead: Manju’s Story” explores one compelling way of making women’s rights a reality: electing them into public office. …Read More
Just Thought is a series of essays from AJWS applying Jewish wisdom to the pursuit of tikkun olam today. Drawing upon Jewish history, Torah sources and the latest headlines, we plumb pressing questions about human rights and global justice from a Jewish perspective through monthly essays by noted scholars, activists and AJWS staff. Last month, …Read More
As part of our AJWS community, I have been humbled to meet our courageous and visionary grantees. Two of them, Leymah Gbowee and Madhavi Kuckreja, will speak on June 11 at AJWS’s Global Justice Luncheon and Seminar at the Stanford Faculty Club.
“What these water companies do not want to understand, is that for us, water has no price, it is not merchandise, and it is not for sale. Water is sacred and it gives us life because without water we would not exist and there would not exist all the nature that gives us joy”. –Aura …Read More
As the #MeToo movement has grown and spread across industries and sectors, it has laid bare an inescapable truth: the Jewish community is subject to the same kinds of issues, inequities and power dynamics that exist in other communities. Over the past few months, a group of leaders from several Jewish organizations have been discussing …Read More
Last month, high in the mountains of Guatemala and surrounded by fellow rabbis and human rights defenders, I was given an opportunity to witness what it means to stand up for justice that I will never forget. We were there as part of American Jewish World Service’s Global Justice Fellowship — a program designed to inspire, …Read More
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum has rescinded a human rights award it gave to Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the former political prisoner and democracy activist and now the civilian leader of Myanmar. The museum said it is taking back the Elie Wiesel Award given in 2012 because of what it calls Aung …Read More