By Dana Fleitman, Program Coordinator
Today is Yom HaShoah, the annual day of Holocaust remembrance. As we mourn and remember this painful event in Jewish and human history, Jewish Women International is inspired to further our mission of ending the violence against women and girls that continues worldwide today. Genocide is not a thing of the past, and it is not unique to Jews; people are intentionally targeted and killed because of their ethnicity, religion and/or culture in places including Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria and Burma. Today’s genocides have shown massive, deliberate and coordinated violence against women and girls, with rape and sexual violence used as systematic tools of destruction.
JWI is proud to highlight the inspiring activism of young Jewish women who are working each day to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and prevent and address modern genocide. We invite you to meet and learn from these outstanding young people, who represent only a few of the fantastic people engaging in essential anti-genocide advocacy:
Genocidal violence impacts women and girls worldwide. Genocide is defined as the intent to destroy a certain group, and systematic rape has become a deliberate weapon strategically used in places like Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) helps the United States lead a global response to gender-based violence. Learn more and urge your representatives to support IVAWA today.