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. NIFC strengthens women’s roles at work, at home, and in the public sphere. NIFC combats gender segregation and exclusion of women in communities across Israeli society.
New Israel Fund of Canada
Women’s Rights Projects in 2013
Women’s Involvement in Lifecycle Rituals with Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ)
Building a Community-based Organization with SHATIL
Returning Women to the Public Sphere: Women’s Comedy Stand-up with Beit Hillel
Developing Community Leaders for Shared Society with SHATIL
Spotlight on> Public Education on Democracy in Israel
With Beit Hillel
A highlight of 2013, Beit Hillel held a special evening of women’s stand-up comedy. This one-of-a-kind event served to amplify the voices of women as a response to extreme elements of Ultra-Orthodox society who are trying to push women out the public sphere through intimidation, vandalism and systematic segregation. Six amateur comediennes performed, in addition to Orna Banai, a well-known Israeli celebrity. The sold-out crowd of nearly 400 people filled the room with laughter, applause and support for women returning to the stage and the public sphere.