In an Impoverished Israeli Arab Town, Women Are Learning the ABCs of Leadership

A leadership project in Jisr al-Zarqa aims to redress an appalling lack of literacy among local women, and to encourage their activism and involvement in local civic affairs.

Every Wednesday afternoon, a group of women from the town of Jisr al-Zarqa, located on the Mediterranean coast near Caesarea, meet, and, with eyes gleaming, dare to dream together of a better future. These women − among them Nadia Najar, Heifa Jourban, Libia Amash, Kfiya Amash and Munira Trukman − are members of the local women’s leadership group, and their dream is both for women in general and also...