Women in Israel face discriminatory practices that regard them as second-class citizens. Marginalized Israeli women have disproportionately high rates of unemployment, poverty and health concerns and they struggle to obtain welfare, access legal rights, and participate as local leaders.
Did you know?
Women in Israel have been officially guaranteed gender equality since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The Israeli Declaration of Independence states: “The State of Israel (…) will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.”
This should have enabled women to equally participate in all spheres of Israeli life, but for women in ethnic or religious minorities, access to rights and services can be doubly difficult.
NIFC strengthens women’s roles at work, at home, and in the public sphere. We combat gender segregation, the exclusion of women in communities across Israeli society and work to correct institutionalized wage gaps. By nurturing new leadership among women and educating Israelis about women’s rights, NIFC has pioneered funding and support for an array of organizations in Israel working for women’s equality.
Our 2014 Women’s Rights projects include:
Women Against Violence: Arab Women’s Employment
Kolech: Mentoring Young Israeli Religious Women
Dafna Fund and Mahapach-Taghir: Women’s Community Leadership Training Institute
Dafna Fund and Sapir College: “A House of Our Own”, a Project of the Feminist Forum at Sapir Academic College
SHATIL: Strengthening Israel’s Non-Profit Sector
Our work makes a difference.
NIFC and “A House of Our Own” nurtured and supported the initiators of a project that helped Sapir College detect sexual abuse in young women from diverse communities in Southern Israel. This initiative grew from the fact that only 3% of all rape cases are reported to the establishment and with the understanding that these women lack the type of support, knowledge and ability to embark on this process of their own accord. This program includes specialized training of women in Southern Israeli communities to learn how to detect the signs of sexual assault, best practices for approaching these young women and methods for mentoring them, including guiding them through the tiring and often frustrating process of reporting the abuse to the proper authorities. These mentors work to empower these young women, reduce their feelings of victimization and help them overcome their feelings of guilt.
————————————————————————————————————————————–Women Against Violence (WAV) helps Arab women integrate into the Israeli job market. Increasing the number of Arab women who are employed is vital to decreasing socio-economic gaps between Jews and Arabs in Israel. With NIFC’s help, WAV’s employment services have boomed in recent years, connecting Arab women with opportunities and guidance in job searches and small business start-ups. WAV also keeps employers informed of important information regarding female employees, such as details regarding sexual harassment laws.
Women working with Mahapach-Taghir established the “Second Opportunity” program, which enables women to pursue an academic degree at a local or nearby college. Participants undertake communal service initiatives and oversee projects in their neighborhood as part of their educational curriculum and scholarship requirements. Meanwhile, their efforts and successes serve as an inspiring example for their families and for others in the community to pursue post-secondary education and to participate in community building.