Jewish Women’s Foundation grantee partner, Unchained At Last was recently featured, along with Karma Nirvana, on the BBC.

Both faced a forced marriage when they were teenagers. Both were shunned by their families when they rejected the marriage. Both women later founded nonprofit organizations to help other women and girls escape forced marriages.One of the women is Fraidy Reiss, Unchained’s founder and executive director. The other is one of her role models, Jasvinder Sanghera, founder and CEO of Karma Nirvana in the UK.

Watch this riveting conversation with Fraidy Reiss and Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, who both escaped forced marriage when they were teenagers and have dedicated their lives to fighting for the rights of other victims, on the most recent BBC’s The Conversation.

(click above on the photo or on The Conversation to watch the full interview)

JWF Grantee Unchained at Last “Chains In in Boston”

JWF grantee Unchained at Last, which works to make child marriage illegal throughout the United States, visited the Boston legislative offices for a “chain in”. Fraidy Reiss, the founder of …Unchained At Last, said pregnancy is the top reason teenagers are forced into marriage.“Unfortunately, the pregnancy exception to the marriage age has been used to […]

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CNN interviews JWF grantee Human Trafficking Legal Center President Martina Vandenberg

JWF grantee Human Trafficking Legal Center founder and president Martina E. Vandenberg was interviewed on CNN in January, 2019. See the clip below. The Human Trafficking Legal Center is a non-profit organization that creates a bridge between trafficking survivors and highly skilled pro bono legal representation. The organization seeks to hold traffickers accountable for their […]

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Feminism is good for men too!

JWF’s kickoff program for Men as Allies was a great success! More than 50 men and women came together for cocktails, conversation, and a thought provoking discussion about the important role men play in achieving gender equity, preventing violence, and creating a more just society for all people. Men as Allies Chair Jay Bauer opened […]

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JWF Monthly Update October/November 2017

Season has begun, and the activities of Jewish Women’s Foundation are on – full speed ahead. Please enjoy this update and take careful note of all of the exciting events, programs, educational opportunities, and meetings happening in the next few months. Our work is more relevant and important than ever and we are focused on […]

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Palm Beach Post – Men as Allies event creates partnership

Women’s group hopes Men as Allies event creates partnership Faran Fagen Special to The Palm Beach Post Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 Local News To help combat the recent fear and conflict surrounding sexual harassment and gender equality, a local woman’s group is channeling its energy toward an unlikely ally – men. Violence against women has […]

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Women’s rights are human rights

Recently, sexual harassment and violence against women have been at the forefront of the national conversation. The accusations against Harvey Weinstein and the overwhelming “Me Too” posts by multitudes of women are shining a light on how many women and girls have been victims of sexual harassment or assault.   Violence against women has always […]

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L’Shana Tova – Rosh Hashanah 5778

Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year, is a time to reflect on the past and think about the future. We aspire to improve ourselves and the world around us. We face challenges in our own lives, across the nation, and around the world. We can do our part to make this world a better […]

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We stand up for what is right.

The disturbing events in Charlottesville and the elevated problems in our country and around the world need our attention and our philanthropic leadership. JWF gives us the opportunity to stand up for what is right – for tolerance, civility, and kindness – and against hate, fear, and bigotry. As an optimist, I believe that love, […]

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Ending Child Marriage in Florida

Grantee partner Unchained at Last‘s movement to end child marriage in America has spread to another state: Florida! State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto and Majority Leader Wilton Simpson last week introduced SB 140 to end all marriage before 18, and Rep. Daisy Baez has pre-filed a similar bill. * The bill has been filed as HB […]

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JWF Monthly Update – July 28, 2017

We hope you are enjoying the summer months. As you can see in the update below, Lisa and I were recently in Israel. We met with several of the inspiring women, who lead organizations in Israel that JWF supports through our grants process. Our grants in Israel empower women and their families and support women’s […]

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