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Feminist Groups in Israel

Israel has a vibrant and diverse feminist arena, comprising dozens of organizations that provide vital services and advocate for gender equality. We invite you to learn more about some of these groups.

Are you a Feminist organization in Israel that doesn't appear in our list? If so, please send us your details so that we can add them to our index of Israeli Feminist groups. Please write to us at: info@dafnafund.org.il, including the name of your organization, some details about what you do, your website address, and contact details.

 

 

Achoti

Achoti (Sister) – For Women in Israel was founded in 2000 to advance women who are not part of Israel's social and economic hegemony. Achoti aims to enhance the visibility of women who are  ignored by Israeli society and doubly marginalized, such as Mizrahi, Ethiopian, Palestinian, Bedouin and migrant women. The movement, which was established by Mizrahi feminist activists, seeks to place issues of social and economic justice on the public agenda, from a broad-based feminist perspective that combines gender with ethnicity, identity, class and nationality.

 

Adva Center

The Adva Center - Creating a Women's Budget Forum in the Negev. Adva is the leading organization in Israel infor critical analysis of state and local budgets, with a proven expertise in training local officials and civil society groups to use budget analysis as a vehicle for effective public advocacy. In recent years, given the demand from partners in the field, Adva has also begun to develop knowledge in community outreach and organizing. This specific project seeks to address women's lack of political and economic power and to generate cooperation between citizens and officials in order to increase gender equality. This is a regional action project, whose purpose is to mainstream gender into local programming and budgeting in the Negev by creating a regional Women's Budget Forum in the Negev, composed of women serving as advisors on the status of women to municipal authorities.

 

Alma (Hebrew Facebook page)

Alma Preparatory Course is a leadership program for highschool graduate young women from diverse backgrounds, initiated by the Jewish Agency for Israel. 17 out of 18 of Alma’s first cycle of graduates were assigned to improved positions in the IDF. Alma’s purpose is to encourage the participants to fulfill their potential and lead a meaningful life out of choice and accepting responsibility over all aspects of their lives as they endeavor to explore their identity. We believe the meeting of women gives rise to a deep, meaningful and empowering process that will lead to minimizing gaps. 

 

Alumot

The center works to create significant inclusiveness of persons with disabilities in discourse, in activities and initiatives that concern them, through their organizations. About 20% of the population in Israel are of different disabilities (cognitive, sensory, physical and mental). The center was established in 2002 and operates mainly in the north of the country, to facilitate collaboration and advise organizations for people with disabilities. The center aims to create partnerships between organizations for people with disabilities and organizations providing services, businesses and other third sector organizations. This is done by work groups that deal with topics like employment, promotion of healthy lifestyles, monitoring and promotion of access to public sector, leadership programs for students, and leadership programs for women.

 

ANU - Agenda, Hasdera, Uru

In 2013, Agenda, Hasdera and Uru, three leading social change organizations merged to create ANU. Our new name is a call for collective and collaborative action, civil society organizations working together for social justice: together,visible and empowered. ANU's vision is community activism for equality, social justice, economic fairness, pluralism and environmental sustainability. Our work includes the Social Activism Hub, which grants organizations and coalitions a much needed digital platform for their work and innovative tools for connecting with the public - online petitions, crowdmapping, mass emailing, crowdfunding and more; the Women's Media Center for promoting gender equality in and through the media; Arab Source, an online source of Arab experts in a broad range of subjects; and media and strategy training. ANU is building an involved activist community in Israel that works for progressive values in Israel. ANU provides a platform to amplify the voices of civil society in order to increase public participation and democratic engagement, and effect change. Through media and digital activism, ANU is strengthening Israel's democracy, advancing strikingsocial and economic issues to promote equality and human dignity, and diversifying the public discourse in Israel.

 

Assiwar - Feminist Arab Movement

Assiwar is an Arab feminist movement that struggles against oppression in all its forms and shapes: Patriarchal, economical, national and ethnical. The libration of society, especially emancipating the weak and distressed sectors, necessitates combating all forms of exploitation. Assiwar believes that "feminism" is a revolutionary political-social movement that strives to change the relations of authority, control and dominance in society. Assiwar is a group of women who work together on common issues because we encounter similar obstacles as Palestinian women. Assiwar is a registered Non Governmental Organization (NGO) that provides services to the Arab-Palestinian population nationwide. 

 

The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel

The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI) was established in 1990 and is an umbrella organization of nine crisis centers for victims of sexual assault (male and female) in Israel. The crisis centers provide individual assistance and emotional support for victims and engage in local educational and outreach programs. ARCCI works on the national level as an agency for social change. The organization seeks to secure rights and improved services for the victims of sexual assault and to reduce the incidence of sexual assault, with the long-term goal of eliminating this phenomenon from Israeli society. In recent years, ARCCI accomplished significant achievements in the areas of legislation, improving services provided to victims and raising awareness of the causes of sexual assault and ways to prevent it.

 

ASWAT – Palestinian Gay Women

Aswat is a group of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and queer Palestinian women. The group came together in 2002 and established a home for Palestinian LBTQI women to allow safe, supportive and empowering spaces for expressing and addressing the personal, social and political struggles of Palestinian LBTQI women as a national indigenous minority living inside Israel; as women in a patriarchal society; and as LBTQI women in a wider heteronormative culture. Aswat works as an independent project within the women’s organization Kayan.

 

AWC - Arab Women in the Center

AWC – Arab Women in the Center (Na'am in Arabic) seeks to promote the status of women in the cities of Ramla, Lod and Jaffa and to combat gender-based violence against women, particularly with regard to the murder of women in Arab society. The organization also encourages women and girls to take an active role in protests against house demolitions in their communities, recognizing that these demolitions particularly affect women and children, leaving them homeless and defenseless.

 

Ba'asher Telchi ("Where you go...")

The process of separation, divorce and the breakdown of the family unit is a painful process for all the sides involved. In addition to the complex difficulties and challenges that face every woman involved in this process, there are many other difficulties if the woman is ultra-Orthodox or religious. “Ba’asher Telchi…” (“Where you go…”) aims to provide: Emotional support – in the wake of lack of social legitimization and sometimes lack of familial support for the woman getting divorced. Training in correct conduct and coping with the children during this complicated period. Direction regarding correct conduct when dealing with welfare agencies, police, etc. Aid in giving loans and scholarships in order to help women who are single parents to continue with higher education. Aid and support in finding workplaces that support divorced mothers who are single parents.

 

Bat-Kol

Bat-Kol – Religious Lesbian Organization was founded in 2005 by a group of women who were not willing to relinquish either their religious identity or their right to live their lives as lesbians. The organization's members include graduates of religious high schools for girls, urban religious high schools for girls and graduates of ultra-Orthodox schools. Some have set up lesbian family relations and are raising children together, while others are still in the closet. All are coping with the complexities of their choice. Bat-Kol holds meetings on a regular basis and offers a variety of social activities for religious lesbians. These meetings provide a social framework as well as support and encouragement. Bat-Kol's activities also provide information and education geared toward the full integration of lesbians in the religious community.

 

Bat Melech – Breaking the Cycle of Family Violence

Bat Melech was founded in 1995 (5756) by ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox professionals involved in providing legal and other assistance for women facing domestic violence. The organization is the only shelter for religious victims of domestic violence in Israel. The founders of the organization identified an urgent need to provide physical shelter, protection and psychological and legal aid to ultra-Orthodox women suffering from physical and emotional abuse by their husbands and facing a real threat to their lives. Bat Melech aims to provide every possible assistance to religious women facing domestic violence, based on the belief that every woman has the right to realize herself as a person and as a woman and to be free of humiliation and physical, psychological or economic constraints.

 

Center for Women's Justice

Established in 2004, the Center for Women’s Justice (CWJ) is a recognized leader in the struggle to end injustices perpetrated against women in the name of religion. In Israel, where there are two government-funded court systems—civil and rabbinic—only rabbinic courts can decide matters concerning marriage and divorce. Our pioneering legal solutions address the problems that occur when policies and rulings of Israel’s rabbinic establishment violate the basic rights of women to equality and self-determination. CWJ employs a three-pronged approach to bring about lasting social change that benefits all Israeli women: Legal advocacy, professional training for attorneys and community outreach. 

 

Coalition of Women for Peace

The Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) is a feminist organization against the occupation, which was founded in 2000 following the outbreak of the Second Intifada. CWP brings together women from a wide variety of identities and groups and is committed to ending the occupation and creating a more just society, while enhancing women's inclusion and participation in public discourse. CWP initiates public campaigns and educational and outreach programs and works to develop and integrate a feminist discourse on all levels of society.

 

The Counseling Center for Women

The Counseling Center for Women (CCW) is a unique center that specializes in psychotherapy and counseling from a feminist perspective. Since its establishment as a not-for-profit organization in 1988, CCW has provided therapy to thousands of women from all segments of Israeli society regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, income or level of education. Over 300 women receive therapy and counseling every week through CCW's Ramat Gan and Jerusalem branches, by a professional staff of 25 clinical social workers, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists who specialize in working with women and particularly women who have been through trauma. CCW's therapy fees are based on a sliding scale, in which the nature of each woman, as well as her family status, income and expenses are taken into consideration. This approach enables women to receive low-cost, high-quality, professional therapy, which is not limited in time.

 

The Department of Gender Equality and Promoting Women (Hebrew website)

The Department of Gender Equality and Promoting Women in the Civil Service Commission works to create equal opportunities to both sexes and to promote women to senior positions in the civil service. The department promotes legislative initiatives, civil service regulations, parental rights, women and home-career balance – initiatives that impact the Israeli society as a whole. The department is in charge of the 80 supervisors on gender equality in government offices.

 

Economic Empowerment for Women

Established in 2000, Economic Empowerment for Women (EEW) draws from more than two decades of experience in women's organizations, particularly Isha L'Isha, the Haifa Feminist Center. The organization seeks to change in the status of women in Israel by helping women to reach economic independence. The organization assists women in opening their own small businesses using a strategy established in Bangladesh by Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank. The Micro-Enterprise strategy enables women to become self-sufficient through self-employment. EEW seeks to promote legislative amendments, enhance supportive public policy and develop diverse models to meet the needs of different populations of women. The organization operates under a feminist approach and prioritizes the needs of women from disadvantaged groups in Israeli society.

 

El Halev

El Halev (To the Heart) was established in 2003 and works to empower women and reduce violence against women, girls, the elderly, children and people with special needs. To achieve this goal, the organization provides training in self-defense and martial arts from a unique holistic perspective. El Halev also offers lectures and seminars and conducts community and educational activities throughout Israel.

 

Emunah

Emunah – National-Religious Women's Organization was founded in 1935. Its activities concentrate on the areas of education and social welfare, volunteerism and chesed, strengthening the Jewish family and advancing the status of women in Israel. Over the years, the organization has paved its unique way in the public sphere, steadily becoming involved with the missions of the young Jewish state and burgeoning Israeli society. Emunah today represents the new face of the religious-Zionist woman in Israel and reflects the contemporary Eishet Chayil – she who combines family life, education and learning, career and business, social standing and an ongoing willingness to meet the challenges of society and our times.

 

Feminancy (Hebrew website)

Feminancy College was established by Dr Lily Nir in 2002 and was active for a decade in training thousands of women countrywide in managing their finances, from personal and family budget to investing in capital markets. Lily passed away at the end of 2011 and the college’s activity was suspended. Activity was resumed in January 2013 and has since worked to promote women financially through collaboration with organizations and senior female lecturers from the capital markets and law faculties. 

 

GRANIT – Association for Aid to Women before, during and after Divorce Proceedings

Granit was established in 2000 to address the problems faced by divorced or separated women and to help them find solutions to ongoing crises. The organization supports women in times of family crisis through support and empowerment groups and a telephone hotline that provides general information, psychological support and preliminary legal counselling free of charge. Granit also advances legislation in areas where divorced women face discrimination.

 

Hadassah 

Hadassah connects Jewish women and empowers them to effect change through advocacy, advancing health and well-being, and support of Israel. Our members, from every congressional district in the nation, are activists, fundraisers and visionaries. They don’t just talk. Hadassah women DO

 

Haifa Women's Crisis Shelter

The Women's Crisis Shelter was established in 1995 by the Haifa Municipality, the Ministry of Welfare and the local women's coalition. Since then, it has operated as a shelter for women victims of domestic violence and their children. The shelter accepts and cares for women and children from all over Israel. The shelter's mission is to provide physical and emotional protection for its residents and to take care of the various needs of the women and children. The shelter operates according to a unique multicultural model and believes that this is essential in order to provide a professional and culturally-sensitive service for every woman who has been the victim of violence and for her children, regardless of religion, nationality, race or color.

 

Hirakuna

Our vision is a flourishing and advanced democratic society based on the values of equality, human dignity and liberty, and maintaining a combination of individual and collective rights; a society that emphasizes mutual solidarity and responsibility; a society where individuals can realize their potential and influence the general good. Hirakuna’s mission is to enable safe spaces and create opportunities for the empowerment of young people to take active responsibility and become socially involved in their communities and beyond, ultimately becoming active agents for social change. Our main objective is to create a civil community with the social, organizational and professional infrastructure to promote reciprocal social responsibility, volunteerism and leadership throughout the Palestinian society in Israel.

 

ICAR – The International Coalition for Agunah Rights

ICAR is an international coalition of women's, human rights and social justice organizations, as well as academic centers. The members of the coalition hold diverse worldviews and religious perspectives. ICAR works to solve the problems faced by Jewish women whose husbands are unable or unwilling to grant them a divorce. The coalition works on behalf of all Jewish women in Israel and abroad, with the goal that no woman should be trapped in a marriage against her wishes and no woman should be forced to acquiesce to blackmail in order to receive a divorce.

 

Isha L'Isha

Isha L'Isha (Woman to Woman) was established in 1983 by a group of feminist women from Haifa, who had been at the forefront of the struggle for women's rights in the 1970s. Isha L'Isha is a community of women who seek to promote understanding and partnership among women in Israel regardless of religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual preference and economic status. The organization aims to eradicate discrimination, violence and all forms of oppression of women; to defend women's right to make decisions about their bodies; to create conditions for understanding, cooperation and dialogue between women from different cultures and backgrounds; to promote social change by advancing gender equality; to oppose all manifestations of sexism in society; and to advance the cause of equal rights and opportunities for all women.

 

Israel Association for Feminist and Gender Studies

The Israel Association for Feminist and Gender Studies (IAFGS) was established in 1998 by a group of feminists scholars. The organization aims to promote feminist and gender studies; to create and facilitate a contemporary, pluralistic and ideological feminist discourse; and to encourage the creation and dissemination of information providing insight into the status of women. The main goal of the organization is to promote gender studies and to encourage knowledge that will ultimately lead to the improvement of both women's and men's lives in Israel.

 

Israel Women's Network

Israel Women's Network (IWN) is an independent and non-partisan organization established in 1984. IWN's goal is to transform Israel into an egalitarian country in which men and women alike enjoy equality both in theory and in practice. IWN's long and ongoing struggle to lead social change includes simultaneous work in diverse fields: legislation and enforcement; action to secure proper representation; education to gender equality; expanding employment opportunities for women and empowering women; and ensuring that the issue of women's rights remains at the top of the public agenda. IWN is leading a process of social change that will eventually create a more egalitarian and just society, one in which women – regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity or economic status – will enjoy the equal rights and status they deserve as human beings. 

 

Itach -– Ma'aki Women Lawyers for Social Justice

Itach-Maaki was established in 2001 by a group of lawyers seeking to promote social justice for women. The organization believes that as lawyers, its members bear a professional responsibility to ensure that legal rights are accessible to everyone, and focuses its work on women from socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. Itach-Maaki is active in the fields of employment, national insurance, public housing and financial debts – areas in which women encounter unique difficulties and are often unable to realize their rights. The

organization is also active in areas related to violence against women.

 

Kayan – Feminist Organization

Kayan was established in 1998 by a group of feminist women, with the goal of advancing the status and rights of Arab women in Israel. Kayan is unique in that it focuses its activities on community work and on the individual and group empowerment of Arab women. Community activities include courses, workshops and group meetings that address the particular needs of Arab women. These needs are then translated into advocacy and legal projects. Kayan aims to achieve social change and raise feminist awareness among Arab women in particular, and among the Arab and Jewish public in Israel in general. The organization cooperates with numerous human rights and civil society organizations, feminist groups and public and academic institutions.

  

Knesset Committee on the Status of Women

The Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, currently chaired by MK Aliza Lavie, seeks to advance the status of women toward equality in representation, education and issues of personal status; prevent discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation; reduce gender gaps in economics and employment; and combat violence against women. The committee also includes the Knesset Subcommittee on Trafficking in Women and Prostitution.

 

Kolech – Religious Women's Forum

Kolech – Religious Women's Forum was established in 1998 (5758) with the goal of leading social change and raising awareness of gender equality in the religious community in Israel. Kolech seeks to disseminate the values of equality and mutual respect; to promote equal opportunities for women in public life; to advance women's rights in the religious and Halachic spheres; to redress the inequality in the status of women in religious marriage; and to wage an uncompromising struggle against all forms of gender violence.

 

Kol HaIsha

Kol HaIsha (KHI) is a women's center in Jerusalem, established in 1994, which promotes a multicultural feminist model for social change. KHI is the only grassroots organization in Jerusalem in which women from different sections of the population come together for discussions, workshops and empowerment activities. The organization's programs are extended to all women, from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations and nationalities, helping them to take control of their lives emotionally, financially and socially and live the lives they deserve to live – free from poverty, abuse or helplessness.

 

Maagan Shelter for Women Victims of Trafficking

Maagan, established in 2004, is a 35-bed shelter for non-Israeli female victims of trafficking. As the women's home, the shelter meets their physical requirements (food and shelter) as well as their medical, mental and social needs. The women are full partners in managing and maintaining the house and also take an active part in decisions on its internal affairs. During the stay of a woman in the shelter, which can last from three months to one year, an individual program of rehabilitation and therapy is developed to meet her needs. The shelter functions according to the principles of the therapeutic community. Thus, any intervention is made according to the integral approach, taking into consideration all the details of the woman's past, present and future life.

 

Mahapach-Taghir

Mahapach-Taghir is a grassroots, feminist, Jewish-Arab organization that works for social change through education and community empowerment. By working in partnership, we aim to achieve equal socio-economic and educational opportunities for all. At the heart of Mahapach-Taghir is the Learning Community, where academic scholarship students provide children and youth in marginalized neighborhoods with pedagogical and social tutoring, while encouraging the involvement of adult residents, particularly women. This holistic models emphasizes the active contribution of children, residents, and academic students to the community. Mahapach-Taghir’s educational model fosters a strong democratic civil society, locally and nationally, while promoting dialogue and solidarity among communities.

 

Mahut Center

The goal of the Mahut Center is to promote and foster women's rights to just employment and economic independence and to foster women's capabilities to achieve these goals. In order to fulfill this mission, the Mahut Center focuses on removing the structural, social and personal barriers that make it difficult for women to integrate into the employment market, mobilize within it, make a dignified living and achieve economic security. The organization's work is based on a vision of social and economic justice, on the belief in women's power and personal and professional capacities and on a feminist worldview.

 

Mavoi Satum – Opening the Dead End for the Aguna

Mavoi Satum (Dead End) is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 to provide legal and emotional support to women who have been refused a Jewish divorce (get). It is also one of the leading organizations engaged in finding a solution to the problem of divorce refusal in Israel. The organization's approach to the problem of women who have been refused a get combines personal assistance with advocacy for broad reform. The organization's services include legal counseling and representation, emotional and psychological support, empowerment and therapy. On the national level, Mavoi Satum seeks to advance a solution that will prevent the problem faced by these women. This includes promoting Halachic solutions and amendments to marriage and divorce law in Israel; creating a civil lobby; developing strategic relationships; running campaigns to raise public awareness; striving to change working practices in the rabbinical courts; encouraging the establishment of private courts; and acting to ensure the appointment of competent religious judges.

 

Mechinat Eliel

The “Mechina” is a pre-army framework for studying different personal-social issues over a period of 10 months. During the program, the girls will meet different elements of society, their curtain of cynicism will fall and their social involvement will grow. As part of the course , the girls will learn tools for thinking and doing, they will participate in many different experiences, prepare for a meaningful army experience, get to know the land and be socially involved. After 12 years in the Israeli education system and just before entering the army and starting their first steps in adult life, this is a window of opportunity to learn, grow, detach from the internet life, and get to know new circles of the self, the society and the countryof Israel. In our days young girls grow up into a complicated world for women, full of both hidden and revealed expectations of them.

 

Mitpakdot – The Lobby for Equality between the Sexes

Mitpakdot is a group of women and men who seek to promote gender equality in Israel through direct contacts with Members of Knesset and ministers and by placing the issue on the public agenda. The members of the group promote feminist values by joining a political party and establishing a lobby within it. The objective is to acquire a critical mass that will enable the group to have a direct influence on the party's Members of Knesset and ministers. The group also organizes weekly lectures on feminist issues such as sexual terrorism, women in the media, medicine, parenting, employment and education.

 

Movement of Democratic Women in Israel

The Movement of Democratic Women in Israel (TANDI) is an alliance of two organizations: Women’s Awakening, an Arab women’s organization founded in 1948, and the organization Progressive Democratic Jewish Women. Both had the same goals and mission and believed that banding together would contribute to the success of their activities. The alliance led to the formation of TANDI branches in every city and village in Israel in which Jewish and Arab women worked in partnership. The organization's goals are to work toward a just peace; to promote coexistence between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples; to act to secure equal rights for women in all fields of life, including society, politics and employment; to protect children's rights; and to ensure a bright future of security and peace.

 

NA'AMAT

NA'AMAT, the largest women's organization in Israel, is a not-for-profit organization devoted to advancing the status of women in Israel and to changing social policy in order to promote equality between the sexes – in the family, at work, in society and in the economy. NA'AMAT is a multi-party, grassroots political organization. All female members of the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor) are members of NA'AMAT, which holds elections every five years to choose its leadership and institutions. NA'AMAT is active throughout Israel, in 30 districts, each of which is headed by an elected chairwoman.

 

Netta - Career Development Center

Netta aspires to promote a public dialogue on women in the workplace, by studying personal and social processes that delay the advancement of women, and by encouraging organizations and their chief executives to promote women and employ them in key positions. Netta aims to instill women with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Netta works to create a professional network for women, so that they can assist one another in their common goals: to advance in the workplace and fulfill their professional potential. Netta works to achieve its goals through two main channels: the personal and the organizational

 

One Out of One (Hebrew website)

One Out of One is an ideological-political-feminist initiative grew on Facebook as a platform for voicing and sharing testimonials of women who suffered sexual assaults, verbal harassment and rape, understanding that women are subjected to these assaults and harassments merely because they are women. The initiative was born on June 2013, inspired by a spirit of women cooperating on the web and following the creation of the Chamber of Women Journalists and a series of stories and calls to action published by women journalists. One Out of One collects and shares these stories.

 

The Rackman Center

The Rackman Center was established in 2001 at Bar-Ilan University's Law School, with the goal of improving the status of women and bringing an end to gender discrimination in Israeli society. The Rackman Center utilizes its unique position as an academic center situated in a law school to translate academic research, knowledge and training into action through social change in legislation, appeals to the High Court, bill proposals to the Knesset, conferences, training courses, and various publications, all of which contribute to the advancement of the status of women in family law in Israel.

 

No2Violence – Fighting violence against women

No to Violence Against Women began its activities in 1977. The organization has brought about change in the attitude and awareness of Israeli society to the problem of domestic violence. The organizations operates three shelters, the first of which was established in 1978. Since then, more than 10,000 women and their children have found refuge at the organization's shelters. The organization also operates a hotline with some 60 volunteers; provides legal aid to women suffering from violence; and conducts lectures and seminars for Members of Knesset, soldiers, police officers, students, medical professionals, women’s organizations and more.

 

Sapir College Feminist Forum

The “House of Our Own” women's center is a partnership between three academic programs at Sapir College: the Girls for Girls Mentoring Program, which focuses on empowerment of young women at risk; the Women's Rights Legal Clinic; and the Mizrahi Feminist Madrassa in partnership with the organizations Achoti and Collot BaNegev. The center is an outgrowth of the feminist interdisciplinary forum of faculty members at Sapir College. The women's center is located on the grounds of Sapir College and will be open six days a week. It is intended to meet the needs of diverse populations of women in the south and encourage long-term leadership by empowering women both in the university's community and other communities throughout the south.

 

Shavot (equal)

The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS) is Israel's only feminist think-tank. Founded and co-chaired by Professors Hanna Herzog and Naomi Chazan, it is dedicated to creating change in public discourse and policy and to producing strategic tools and programs for improving and increasing women's representation in all spheres of life. The Dafna Fund provided grants to WIPS in order to promote the synergy between academic knowledge and theory and knowledge stemming from work in the field, particularly with regard to mechanisms that effectively promote women's participation and gender mainstreaming in the political and public spheres. WIPS' flagship project is the development of the Gender Index, compiled in coordination with a wide variety of other women's organizations, which provides definitive information on the status of women in Israel. The coordinators and staff of WIPS have invested tremendous efforts in determining the indicators that compose this index..

 

Shovrot Shtika

Shovrot Shtika (Women Breaking the Silence) is a website that was established as a personal initiative with the goal of providing information and support regarding sexual and physical violence. Its goal is to help the victims of sexual and physical violence break their silence and to provide them with a kind of shelter – a safe space in which they can write about what happened to them and how they are coping with it and receive the support they need.

 

Shutafot (Partners)

Partners is a coalition of organizations that seeks to promote public and political awareness of a socioeconomic equality and economic and employment justice for women in Israel. Partners was established by eight leading feminist organizations with the goal of presenting a united and firm front in Israeli public life. Each of the members of the coalition is an expert in its own field, in areas such as: a gender-based perspective on economic policies in Israel; promoting employment among women from disadvantaged populations; social and economic empowerment of women; providing legal aid for disadvantaged female workers; promoting an egalitarian social policy; and more.

 

The Task Force on Human Trafficking

The Task Force on Human Trafficking in Israel was established in 2003. In its formative years, the task force worked to increase public awareness of prostitution and international pressure on Israel to eliminate it. At the end of the 00’s, the task force focused on fighting prostitution, understanding that local prostitution is strongly connected to human trafficking and constitutes an immense basis for exploitation and abuse of women. For the past 3 Knesset terms, the task force has been leading the struggle to ban prostitution with legislation, working with MKs from all political backgrounds. 

 

Tofeset (Hebrew website)

Tofeset (Mother’s Place) is a place for expressing, thinking, inspiration, games and sharing for feminist mothers, activists and women of education. Our goal is to create a feminist community of mothers, parents, families, children and women in education. We want to discuss feminist education, educating for peace, multi-culturalism and environmentalism in the family and the community. Our website aggregates information, ideas, thoughts, games and tools for feminist mothers.

 

WePower

WePower is a non-partisan association established in 2000 by a group of women who share the goal of promoting women in all political parties and in senior positions in corporate and economic institutions. WePower takes actions against the exclusion of women from participation in the public sphere in Israel by raising awareness of the importance of gender equality and women's leadership in the public arena.

 

WIZO

The Women’s International Zionist Organization is a nonparty/apolitical international movement dedicated to the advancement of the status of women, welfare for all sectors of Israeli society, and encouragement of Jewish education in Israel and in the Diaspora. Our Vision: A Zionistic, humanistic Israeli society based on equal opportunities, focused on education and welfare for women children and youth, in cooperation the Jewish Diaspora. WIZO Goals: To provide for the welfare of infants, children, youth, women and the elderly. To advance the status of women in Israel. To strengthen the bond between world Jewry and the State of Israel. To support the absorption of new immigrants.

 

 

Women Against Violence

Women Against Violence (WAV) is a feminist and social change organization that seeks to advance the status of Arab women in Israel. WAV was founded in 1992 by a group of pioneering Arab women, including social workers, lawyers and activists in women's organizations. WAV initiated the opening of the first shelter for Arab women in Israel in 1993 and currently operates two shelters, one for women and their children suffering from domestic violence and the other for young women in distress, as well as a crisis center. WAV also works to expose issues of gender-based violence and engages in lobbying and advocacy in the Knesset and the public sphere to raise awareness of the status of Arab women in Israel. 

 

Women Media Center Israel

ANU’s Women’s Media Center Israeladdresses the need to change the “picture of reality” reflected in Israeli media. Our goal is to substantially increase women’s power and visibility in Israel’s media and public debate by increasing representation and amplifying marginalized voices. WMCI is a hub of women journalists and feminists that seeks to increase women’s individual and collective power through the media. It is a platform for action, education, monitoring and visibility of women in the media that ensures accessibility, networking and coalition-building. ANU is building a community of hundreds of activists, media personnel and women’s organizations, harnessing this collective power to increase the representation and participation of women in the public debate.

 

Women and Their Bodies

Women and Their Bodies (WTB) is an organization of Jewish and Palestinian women in Israel, from diverse cultural, religious and professional backgrounds and of all ages. The organization works to promote women's health in Israel. WTB was established in 2005 in order to bring the issue of the health of women from various population groups to the public agenda in Israel. The organization seeks to create a clear and accessible database that will enable women to gain familiarity with their bodies, their sexuality and their health and to make full and informed use of health services. WTB's work is based on the belief that women are an authority over their own bodies and must be full partners in making decisions relating to their own personal health and to public health policy.

 

Women of the Wall

Women of the Wall, or Neshot Hakotel נשות הכותל in Hebrew, is a group of Jewish women from around the world who strive to achieve the right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem, Israel. The Western Wall is Judaism’s most sacred holy site and the principal symbol of Jewish people-hood and sovereignty, and Women of the Wall works to make it a holy site where women can pray freely.

 

Women's Parliament

The Women's Parliament was established in 1999 by Shin (the Movement for Equal Representation for Women), Herzliya Women, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Beit Berl College and the Municipality of Herzliya. The Parliament has held 44 sessions with the goal of raising the profile of feminism in the public discourse and promoting original and critical thinking by women from diverse backgrounds. The Women's Parliament placed numerous issues on the public agenda, including trafficking in women, prostitution, pornography and offensive publications, custody of young children, the candidacy of a woman for president of Israel and more.

 

Women's Spirit

Women's Spirit – Financial Independence for Women Victims of Violence was established in 2007 in order to help women victims of violence break free of the cycle of violence by developing their economic capabilities and through personal growth. The members of the organization include women victims of violence, academics, businesswomen and volunteers from diverse fields. Women's Spirit provides an enriching and empowering space for women, focusing on their own strengths and capabilities, together with the support of the community and the business sector.

 

Yad L'Isha Legal Aid Center and Hotline

Yad L'Isha, established in 1997 by the Monica Dennis Goldberg School of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, works to help women who are unable to secure a divorce with dignified conditions.  Staffed by female rabbinical pleaders who practice as advocates in the rabbinical courts, Yad L'isha is often the last option for women who are not able to get a divorce otherwise. The organization accepts women of all backgrounds, affiliations and ages, whose husbands refuse to grant them a divorce, or who are unable to secure a divorce for other reasons.

Yad L'Isha also runs a hotline offering help to any woman during the divorce process and providing ongoing psychological support.