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Two Victories in One Week for Women at the Mikvah

Two Victories in One Week for Women at the Mikvah

This week, Shatil, alongside partner ADVOT, are celebrating two victories involving Israeli mikvahs (ritual baths). Following a Shatil/ADVOT campaign, the Histadrut national labor union and the municipal religious councils reached agreement on a 17.5% salary raise for female mikvah attendants. The two groups had urged the union to prioritize the struggle to improve conditions for [&hellip

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Exposing Women’s Exclusion on Religious Councils

Exposing Women’s Exclusion on Religious Councils

Hundreds of people have shared an online video (see below) produced by Shatil’s project to promote women within the religious establishment in Israel. The two-minute video satirically exposes the lack of women’s representation on the state-run, local religious councils that determine so much of their lives, from marriage and divorce to access to ritual baths. [&hellip

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Taking Back the Mikvah

Taking Back the Mikvah

Just one week after International Women’s Day, a group of women and men gathered outside the Prime Minister’s office this past Sunday to protest against proposed legislation that would severely restrict access to mivkahs (ritual baths). This new “mivkah bill” would override a February Supreme Court decision that allowed Reform and Conservative converts to use [&hellip

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Religious Affairs Minister calls for improved working conditions for ritual bath attendants

Religious Affairs Minister calls for improved working conditions for ritual bath attendants

A group of mikva (ritual bath) attendants made a splash at the Knesset last week when they joined a discussion and displayed their salary slips at a special meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee, leading Religious Affairs Minister David Azoulay to call their working conditions “disgraceful.” “This is an injustice that has been going on [&hellip

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In new political map, SHATIL pushes for religious pluralism

In new political map, SHATIL pushes for religious pluralism

Israel’s new political reality gives progressive forces hope that issues of religion and state will finally get the attention they deserve. With Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid’s strong support for civil marriage increasingly echoed by other prominent and rising political figures and a poll showing that 86% of Israel’s secular Jewish public supports civil marriage, the time [&hellip

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Celebrating a free Harish

Celebrating a free Harish

The residents of Harish celebrated a huge success last month when a government decision ensured that the town will remain pluralistic rather than becoming Haredi-dominated with all that means for residents’ way of life. The decision follows a long and intensive citizens’ campaign to preserve the nature of the northern town. On January 16, the [&hellip

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Including Women: New campaign fights gender exclusion

Including Women: New campaign fights gender exclusion

The SHATIL-led Coalition against the Exclusion of Women launched a public campaign against the troubling phenomenon of gender exclusion in the public sphere.  “An End to the Exclusion of Women under Government’s Auspices,” is a new media campaign aimed at encouraging the Israeli public to express their views to the government, Knesset members, and to [&hellip

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