In its 70 years of its existence as an independent country, Israel advanced leaps and bounds with respect to women’s rights and equality. To honor Israel’s 70 years of Independence, Haaretz Labels is highlighting the country’s greatest non-profit benefactors in the field of women’s rights and advocacy, organizations that empower women to power through difficult pasts, live prosperously in the present and break future glass ceilings, with resounding success.
These organizations work tirelessly to help Israeli women triumph over tribulations directly related to their birthright as members of the female gender. From providing support for victims of physical and emotional abuse, to promoting financial independence and a bridging of the existing wage gap between men and women, these female-focused charities shine a beacon of light - and hope where no man has gone before, with no gain to the organizations themselves. To further their inspirational work, charitable funding is desperately needed. This Giving Tuesday, contribute to a female-focused charity and help improve the quality of life of lovers of Zion like yourself. Choose the women’s rights and advancement charity you feel most connected to; by giving back you’ll be actively contributing to a more equal and conscientious Israeli society.
When a women experiences violence -be it physical, emotional, or sexual, she develops scars, which she then proceeds to carry with her, wherever life may take her next. Low self-esteem, low-self-efficacy and self-reliance and isolation abound. Women's Spirit (Ruach Nashit) focuses on helping women survivors of violence rebuild their lives and rewrite their narratives, turning their scars into badges of honor that only propel them further and on to great things. The organization advances women’s employment possibilities and promotes financial security to help them build an economically, safe and independent life and prevent their return to the vicious cycle of violence.
Women’s Spirit seeks to provide women survivors of violence in Israel with the comforting and supporting community they need to successfully transitioning from a life riddled with violence. The organization breaks down the specific barriers women survivors of violence face when trying to restart their lives, providing them with the tools and knowledge they need to reach financial security & independence and properly take care of themselves and their children. This includes personal plan building, employment skills workshops, financial literacy training, vocational training, mentoring and more. Since 2007, Women's Spirit has served over 2,000 women survivors of violence across Israel, completely pro-bono.
The Israel Women’s Network
For the past 30 years, the Israel Women’s Network (IWN) has endeavored to promote an equal society in Israel by advancing women’s rights. The organization focuses on creating women’s equality through social, physical, economic and judicial means, with landmark results. Their legislative work, including legal aid for women regarding labor rights, sexual harassment and battles segregation/exclusion of women within military (IDF) and civil arenas, are viewed as crucial for the advancement of gender equality in society.
The IWN can be viewed as an activist think-tank, an organization the works in cooperation with various grassroots groups to create an informative infrastructure and map of crucial gender equality issues to be systematically resolved. With an eye on the future, the non-profit organization is focused on becoming a veritable knowledge center on everything female, using this data to conceptualize and educate on ideal courses of action to level the playing field between the genders and promote a more promising tomorrow for the women of today. A new course of action to be added to the toolkit - analysis and insights on Israel’s early childhood care policy, as it pertains to enabling mothers to successfully enter and remain in workforce, while knowing their children are in good hands.
The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel
One in three women in Israel will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, with over 85% of sexual assault incidents being carried out by someone the victim knows. The only way to protect women from sexual abuse and assault is to make their silent voices heard. This is the mission of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI), an organization that takes a multi-pronged approach to fighting and preventing sexual violence. The organization’s many volunteers work tirelessly to promote policies that take the victims’ health, social welfare, education, and security needs into account, involving law enforcement authorities and seeking to bring assailants to justice. Their work seeks to create a reality within which every human being, regardless of age, gender or religious affiliation, can experience safety and support whilst receiving victim-centric treatment following a sexual assault experience.
The ARCCI was founded in 1990 and is currently the only organization in Israel to specialize in sexual violence on individual and regional levels. With nine regional Rape Crisis Centers (RCCs) falling under the umbrella organization’s reach, the organization raises awareness and provides services and support for individual victims of sexual violence, via emergency hotline, support groups, criminal proceedings assistance, educational workshops, preventative seminars and more.
Inspired to contribute to the equality, security and independence of Israel’s female population? Donate now and make Giving Tuesday a day of gender equality and respect.