On the 11th February 2021, the Commonwealth Jewish Council launched a network of exceptional women, to connect and support female leadership across Commonwealth Jewish communities.
The Network is chaired by Laura Marks OBE, who shared the aspiration that CWJN respond to the universal call to support the Commonwealth’s Global Sustainable Development Goals and be a force for good in every Commonwealth country where there is a Jewish community.
The online event was addressed by The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC – Secretary General of the Commonwealth; in her speech to the network she stated:
“Bless you all for the love and commitment you are demonstrating in coming together as women to help all our communities to deliver the Commonwealth Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Speakers Rahima Mahmut – UK Project Director of the World Uyghur Congress and Dr Aliza Inbal- Founding Director for Global Innovation, also shared their stories, modelling women leading the way and making a global impact.
The discussion that followed centred on how to use our resources across Jewish communities on focus areas of Women in Leadership, Jewish Education, Inter-faith Connections, Social Action initiatives, and the Environmental Climate Challenge.
Women were invited to share opportunities and challenges with one another from Jewish communities in Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Eswatini, Gibraltar, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, St Lucia, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Given the timing challenges, this launch hosted women mostly from communities in the Western Hemisphere and in the next month a similar opportunity will be taking place with Jewish women from Eastern Hemisphere Commonwealth communities.