Affirming Our Commitment to Women’s Rights

CCAR Resolution Affirming Our Commitment to Women’s Rights

March 19, 2017

The Central Conference of American Rabbis has consistently advocated for issues of particular concern to women—reproductive health, medical care, economic justice, and protection from sexual and domestic violence. These resolutions have directed CCAR and its members in advocacy and position statements for the benefit of women.

However, we find ourselves today in almost unprecedented times, with an elevated national conversation about the impact of misogyny that women face daily in their workplaces and communities. An increase in rape and sexual assault on college campuses and in the military threatens young women and those serving our nation. Women’s health and reproductive rights are under attack by state and federal governments.

Many women today are speaking out more candidly about their experiences of discrimination, name-calling, and other forms of misogyny, especially when safe spaces are provided. Now, more than ever, men and women need to join together in speaking out about the particular concerns and challenges faced by women. The safe spaces and respect we show one another can galvanize our advocacy for the rights and consideration for men and women.

In this current climate, it is critical that we reaffirm our commitment to women’s rights and continue the work that has been set forth in previous CCAR resolutions on women’s health (1992 and 1993), violence against women (1990), pay equity (1984), and international women’s rights (1994).

Therefore, be it resolved that the Central Conference of American Rabbis:

  • Continues to advocate for legislation that assures that all North American women have access to health care, including birth control, abortion and other services related to reproductive health.
  • Supports our members in educating their communities on Jewish values that relate to women’s rights.
  • Will provide – in collaboration with the CCAR’s constituent organization, the Women’s Rabbinic Network, among others – opportunities for conversation about women rabbis’ experiences and the ways discrimination and misogyny still exist in our communities.