FOUNDED IN 2015 BY MERLE HOFFMAN

• Founded in 2015 by Merle Hoffman, The Choices Global Iniitiative projects have included working to expand the research and analysis of Second Wave feminism to empower immigrant and minority women who live in shame-and-honor cultures.

• CGI has participated in the legendary and controversial struggle for Jewish women's rights in Jerusalem--first, by publishing Dr. Chesler’s earliest accounts of this struggle in On The Issues magazine in 1989 and 1990 and more recently by funding the latest stages of this 28 year grassroots battle.

• CGI has researched and published material about honor based violence, including honor killing, interviewing victims of such violence, with a special interest in identifying the factors involved in a successful escape from honor-based violence.

• CGI hosts evenings, small dinners, attend and present at conferences, appear in the media to further understanding globally and to strengthen women individually.

• CGI has written about and worked with those involved in the rescue of Yazidi and Christian sex slaves from ISIS which were primarily undertaken by the Sister Hatune Dogan Foundation. CGI has sent medical supplies to an orphanage in India which the Hatune Dogan Foundation operates.

• CGI is undertaking a publishing program which will include writing articles for selected venues and re-publishing some pioneering feminist works with new Introductions and Study Guides for students, therapeutic practitioners, and diverse populations.

Projects by region.

Jamaica, Queens, New York

Dr. Chesler’s research and writing about the rescue of Yazidi and Christian sex slaves from ISIS, primarily undertaken by the Sister Hatune Dogan foundation, and sending medical supplies to an orphanage in India which the Hatune Dogan Foundation operates;


Jamaica, Queens, New York

CGI subsidizes abortion care and other reproductive health services for low-income women at Choices Women’s Medical Center, helping ensure that women of all ages, backgrounds and economic situations can get the services they need.

CGI is working to expand the research and analysis of Second Wave feminism to empower immigrant and minority women who live in shame-and-honor cultures.

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November 21, 2018

Reflection on Russia

My first disappointment was that there was no snow—I love Russia in Winter with everything white and gleaming, turning the entire city into an urban enchantment. But this time I was met with a beautiful sunny week of deep-blue cloudless skies, which were a perfect backdrop for the magical gold onion domes and the fantasy of St. Basils Cathedral. (Photo by Joan Roth)
November 20, 2018

Deep Discussion and a Found Voice

During a group discussion about womanhood and healthcare in Russia, I was struck by how fear, shame and guilt seem to be all-consuming forces in the women’s lives when it comes to their health. Even simple wellness practices like self-breast exams are essentially unheard of. (Photo by Joan Roth)

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Keep up to date with the Choices Global Institute of Healing and Education on its groundbreaking trip to Russia. In collaboration with Project Kesher, CGIHE aims to make women's healthcare more responsive to the needs of women, particularly in the areas of domestic violence and reproductive healthcare in Russia.

List of our Supported Organizations and Board

Merle Hoffman

Founder and President of Choices Women's Medical Center and the Choices Global Institute

Mandy Sanghera

Co-founder of Shahram (which means Rescue); now working on the callous abuse of disabled girls and boys in arranged marriages

Phyllis Chesler

Advisor-in-Chief of the Choices Global Institute and is publishing her Collected Writings on gender apartheid and honor killing

Hans Erling Jensen

President of the Hatune Dogan Foundation involved with Sister Hatune in the rescue of Christians and Yazidis from Muslim-majority countries

Liz Abzug

Founder of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI), and the BALI Bella and Bella Fella Awards

The Feminist Press

An educational nonprofit organization founded to advance women's rights and amplify feminist perspectives

Choices Women’s Medical Center

Merle Hoffman founded Choices shortly after New York State made abortion legal two years before the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision

CGI hosts evenings, small dinners, attends and presents at conferences, appears in the media to further understanding globally and to strengthen women individually.

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