Women as Agents for Change

Shatil provides consulting and training services to dozens of women’s organizations. These NGOs are committed to a variety of goals, ranging from providing equal opportunities for men and women to putting an end to domestic violence to advocating for women whose husbands have refused to grant them a divorce.

In its campaign to empower women, Shatil employs strategies such as:

  • Outreach to women in outlying areas.
  • Activism Training for female leaders of community-based enterprises.
  • Capacity Building workshops and consultations on the topics of organizational and resource development, advocacy skills, economic empowerment, etc.
  • Partnering with like-minded organizations.
Equalizing Wages for Women in Israel

Equalizing Wages in Israel’s Workforce is a three-year initiative, implemented by the Israel Women’s Network, the Adva Center and Shatil, in consultation with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC). The project works on a number of levels to increase awareness, knowledge and capacities to equalize wages, among the general public and among key actors in the public and private sectors; and to promote policies, practices and regulations that will help combat gender-based salary discrimination. With each project partner bringing its distinct added-value, the project is expected to provide an important contribution to reducing wage gaps between men and women, thereby helping to shape a more just and equitable workforce in Israel.

Women Should be Seen and Heard

homepage-slides-womenIn the past few years there has been a sustained campaign to remove women from the public sphere. Women have been segregated on city streets, on public buses and in health clinics, and have been barred from radio stations and from eulogizing at funerals. In Jerusalem, ads featuring women have been removed or defaced. Shatil organizes a coalition of feminist and pluralist organizations who undertake both public and legal advocacy efforts in order to ensure that women continue to be seen and heard in the streets of Israel and Jerusalem.

Israel’s Attorney General, in 2013, issued a directive prohibiting gender segregation and discrimination in all public spaces. The coalition is working intensely to make sure that this directive is upheld.

Click here to read about six amazing women and their work in ensuring that women continue to be seen and heard.

Divorce Issues
Freedom for Women

Freedom for Women

Hundreds of Jewish women are trapped in abusive or unhappy marriages because their husbands have refused to grant them a divorce (get).  Their future is determined not only by their husbands but also by backwards-thinking civil and religious institutions in Israel.

Shatil, in partnership with International Coalition for Agunah Rights (ICAR), achieved a major victory with the passing of a bill allowing for property settlements without a writ of divorce. Shatil continues its active role in the crusade for equitable and timely divorces.

Work with Women in Minority Communities

Shatil reaches out to women in minority communities, instructing them in how to generate grassroots changes. In the Negev, for instance, Shatil offers empowerment courses, which provide practical information, nurture self-esteem, and foster community involvement. The thousands of women who have graduated from these courses over the years have been instrumental in establishing new women’s organizations and making meaningful changes in their communities.

Bedouin Women

Shatil’s Bedouin women’s empowerment course graduation

Shatil initiates projects that provide Bedouin women with information about their rights, leadership skills and tools to improve their lives and assume active roles in the family and community, thus creating a springboard for social change. Shatil activities empower Bedouin women in the personal, educational and civic spheres, helping to strengthen their status in the family and community and supporting them to lead change. Shatil does this while remaining responsive to the fine balance between advancing women’s status and maintaining respect for cultural norms.

As a result of Shatil’s recent work to develop leadership among Bedouin women and to upgrade their civic involvement, Negev Bedouin women have been at the forefront of organizing demonstrations against injustice; are speaking publicly and meeting with government officials for the first time; are joining previously male-only forums; and are working on the ground to promote women’s employment; enable women to work for social change through participation in sports and health promotion activities; to participate in local councils; to gain citizenship; to tell their stories and more. This work has also led to a change in the public discourse. At the same time, Shatil continues to strengthen Bedouin women’s organizations and grass roots groups through consulting and training in all aspects of organizational work.

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