Orthodox women's rights
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-12-13
Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
New York-based women's rights group the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance is set to launch in the UK, in response to claims from Orthodox women that they did not have a voice in their community.
The move comes following a report into gender equality in Jewish community life, in which many of those questioned expressed frustration that they were unable to be as involved in Orthodox ritual life as they would like.
Many also felt that they were being overlooked by the leadership within the Orthodox community, and were unable to be involved in halachic issues.
The Alliance is aiming to address the issue by offering support and education to women and men within the community. They also campaign for women to take on more senior positions within their communities as well as bringing together those who are both Orthodox and feminist.
Since it was founded in 1997 the organisation now has a worldwide membership of over 5,500, with representatives in Israel, Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Australia and Germany.