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:
Kolech Center for Women’s Leadership
Shatil: Training and Workshops
Mahapach-Taghir Yaffat el Nassera and Tamra Learning Centers
New Israel Fund Civil Liberties Law Fellows
Capacity Building for Shatil
Our work makes a difference.
After successfully completing leadership training with the religious feminist organization Kolech, women are incubating the following projects to improve access to basic rights for the women in their communities: an adult vocational center for developing independent social business ventures; a counseling center for young adults in a Religious Kibbutz; and a countrywide program focusing on patient privacy and patient rights initiated in medical training facilities.
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.