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Consejo Argentino de Mujeres Israelitas (CAMI) and The Argentinian Jewish Women’s Network

ICJW has 2 affiliates in Argentina:

1) The Consejo Argentino de Mujeres Israelitas (CAMI) has branches located in Mendoza and San Juan Provinces. 

Despite the tremendous difficulties that their institution faces against the background of Argentina’s difficult economic situation, they organize solidarity activities, including social events, learning programs for women, the   Club Edad de Plata   (center for elderly people), and provide occupational therapy services for disabled people.

in 2014 they organized a successfully workshop entitled: “Volunteering, Fostering Leadership and Commitment - How to Increase Voluntary Work”, with funding from an ICJW Isabelle Brown Foundation grant.  

CAMI is very involved in inter-religious activities that are becoming ever more important in Argentina through the influence of Pope Francis’ personality. ICJW’s Vice President in Argentina, Eva Naiztein, is active in this area. Her activities have included:

-        Attending the inter-religious meeting organized by the International Catholic Biblical Association  
-        Participating in  the Task Force “Leaders in Inter-Religious Dialogue” 
-        Submitting a paper on “The Jewish Jesus” in the Colloquy 
-        Attending the Photograph  Exhibition:  Places of Worship, organized by City of Buenos Aires 
-        Attending Conferences at the Higher Religious Education Institute and engaging in dialogue and heard presentations made by Jewish, Christian and Muslim speakers. 
-        Attending the International Holocaust Remembrance Day event at the Catholic Cathedral of the City of Buenos Aires.

Find out more about the work of CAMI at their website: www.cami.org.ar 

2)  The Argentinian Jewish Women's Network  -  Red de Mujeres Judias Argentinas  -  was set up in 2010 and joined ICJW in 2015. 

It has twelve full members who are all active volunteers in other institutions, so they are in contact with the rest of the Argentinian Jewish community. It is not a religious or political movement but they participate in the community as a Zionist and human rights organisation, especially dedicated to women’s needs and issues.

The organisation is self-funding with a monthly fee and uses its own human resources and materials, so as not to spend unnecessary money.

The Network’s goals are:

·            Defending democracy and equality
·            Working against discrimination, injustice, gender violence and anti-Semitism
·            Promoting women's health
·            Defending Israel’s existence
·            Combating fanaticism
·            Working to prevent the disappearance of native peoples
·            Perpetuating the memory of the first Jewish colonies in Argentina.

To achieve these goals, the Argentinian Jewish Women’s Network organises monthly events where journalists, writers, filmmakers, politicians, senators, scientists, philosophers are invited to deliver lectures. They also organise seminars to learn about the work of important musicians and painters, mainly those who are involved with Jewish life and women’s issues.

One of their priorities is the defence of women's health, so the Network organises workshops and debates on subjects such as breast cancer. Every March they organise a major event for International Women’s Day – to date 3,000 people have participated in these events. They have taken  part in interfaith events and demonstrations against femicide.

The Network publishes an online magazine which is distributed three times a month to 14,000 people, mainly in Argentina, Israel, Uruguay and Spain. It contains social, cultural, and Jewish articles on diverse topics such as the dignity of life in old people, sexuality, abortion, forgiveness, the growth of anti-Semitism in the world, phobias and depressions, assisted reproduction, bullying, the Shoah and the cruelty of Nazism.

In the pursuit of their goals, the Network works with other local institutions such as B’nai B’rith, AMIJAI, Hacoaj, DAIA, Hebraica, the Holocaust Museum, and the Mexican and Canadian Embassies.