Michal Gera Margaliot, Adv.- Executive Director
Attorney Michal Gera Margaliot is the executive director of the Israel Women’s Network since November 2016.Over the past decade, Michal has been active in promoting women’s rights and raising awareness to the issue. Prior to becoming the executive director of the IWN, Michal served as a parliamentary advisor and chief of staff of MK Merav Michaeli, for four years. In the years 2010-2012 she completed her pre-internship and internship at the Orna Lin & Co. law firm, which specializes in labor law. In the years 2007-2010 Michal was the coordinator of the Laufer Institute for Women’s Studies at the Hebrew University.
Since 2012, Michal served as a member of the IWN’s board, the organization’s Jurist Forum and Finance Committee.
Michal has a BA in philosophy, economics and political science, an additional bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in law, specializing in gender studies.
Gili Zinger, Adv.- Legal Department Director
Adv. Gili Zinger has been the IWN’s director of the legal department since February 2018.
Prior to joining the IWN, Gali ran the Social Justice Clinic at the Ono Center for four years. She worked to promote the rights of the disadvantaged community in the workforce and instructed students that provided legal advice and representation to applicants of the clinic. Between the years 2009-2012 Gali worked as a senior lawyer at the law firm of Orna Lin & Co., specializing in labor law. After her internship at the Stanford T. Kolb & Co office, Gali worked as a lawyer in various fields of civil and commercial law.
Gali holds an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an LL.M. (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University, and has been a member of the Israel Bar since 2000.
Amit Kobo- Rom, Adv.- Director of the IWN Hotline and Enforcement Unit
Adv. Amit Kobo-Rom is the director of the IWN hotline for Women’s Rights at Work and is responsible for the enforcement since February 2018. Amit has worked as a labor law attorney, specializing in labor law litigation, drafting personal and collective employment agreements. In the years 2015-2018 Amit worked as an advocate in Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. law firm.
Amit holds a BA (LL.B) in Law from Tel Aviv University (2013) and is a member of the Israel Bar since 2014
Miriam Zalkind, Adv.- Director of Policy Advocacy
Attorney Miriam Zalkind serves as the director of the organization’s policy and legislation department since December 2016.
Miriam has been a feminist activist for more than a decade and was one of the leaders of the struggle against the exclusion of women, even filling petitions to the High Court of Justice on the subject. During 2014-2016 Miriam served as a community lawyer at YEDID, The Association for Community Empowerment, where she assisted the disadvantaged community in realizing their social and economic rights. In 2012 Miriam wrote the report “Equality in the Public Sphere: Practical Proposals to Deal with Women’s Exclusion in Israel.” In the years 2010-2011, she interned in the Criminal Department and the Victims of Crimes Unit of the State Attorney’s Office, her pre-internship was in the Coordination Unit of Prevention of Human Trafficking in the Ministry of Justice. In 2008-2010 she was one of the founders and leaders of the “Ella” student cell – the feminist cell of the Hebrew University and volunteered in Tmura – The Legal Center for the Prevention of Discrimination.
Miriam holds a law degree from the Hebrew University and an LL.M. from Tel Aviv University.
Elinor Davidov- Director of the Women's Exclusion project
Elinor Davidov joined the IWN in January 2017 as the director of Women’s Exclusion project at the Israel Women’s Network. Elinor began her work at the Israel Women’s Network after spending a year campaigning against the cancellation of early childhood custody. In this campaign, despite the complexity of the subject and the emotional turmoil that it triggered, it succeeded in raising the issue in the public discourse, and allowing the voices of women to be heard.
Prior to working in the NGO sector, Elinor worked for the “London and Kirshenbaum” news magazine program for more than five years. She began her career as a researcher and concluded as one of the program’s editors. During her years in the Israeli media she played a key role in the early stages of the founding of the Journalists’ Organization, where she was a member of the secretariat for more than two years, and was one of the founders of the Women’s Journalist Branch. The years of work in the Israeli media constituted another facet for her activism for women’s rights, when she openly promoted the presence of women on the screen.
Elinor holds an MA in Interpretation Studies and Culture Studies at Bar Ilan University, and a BA in East Asian Studies and Film from Tel Aviv University. Together with her partner, musician Mia Danon, wrote the children’s book “Symphony of a City”.
Yaara Mann- Director of the Mind the Gap- Promoting a Feminist Employment Market project
Yaara joined the Israel Women’s Network (IWN) after serving for four years as a parliamentary advisor to Meretz Chairman Zahava Gal-On, where she mainly specialized in the fields of gender, economics and society and the relationship between them. In the last two elections, Yaara coordinated Meretz’s written platform and co-authored the Economic Plan and the chapter regarding the rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel. Prior to her work in the Knesset, Yaara worked for three years in the third sector, in organizations involved in the connection between education and a just society and human rights.
Yaara holds a BA in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science from Hebrew University and is currently a graduate student in Public Policy at Tel Aviv University.
Yuval Ofer- Spokesperson and Public Relations
Yuval Ofer has been the spokeswoman of the Israel Women’s Network since November 2017. Yuval began her career in the media world as part of her military service in the editorial board of Bamahane newspaper, as a news reporter and producer of the newspaper. After her discharge, Yuval worked for four years in the London Kirschenbaum television magazine program, first as a researcher and then as a vice-editor. She began her career in the field of political media as a parliamentary advisor and spokesperson to MK Dov Khenin, coordinating the work of the sub-committee on public transportation. Yuval is active in the struggle against the phenomenon of violence against women and is a member of the “Tel Aviv” cell – the feminist cell in the Tel Aviv University. She is also a student of philosophy and gender at Tel Aviv University. She is a graduate of the New York University’s Paths to Peace program and the national coordination team of the Standing Together- نقف معًا״. Movement.
Hagit Yaari- Development Director
Hagit Yaari began working at the Israel Women’s Network six years ago as the director of the moms@work project. Following the completion of the project Hagit was appointed as the Development Director of the organization, in charge of fundraising. Hagit is maintaining the relations between the organization and it’s donors in Israel and around the world, the different foundations supporting the IWN’s activities and the organization’s efforts to expand the IWN’s financial support. Hagit is a social activist in the field of joint society and a member of the bilingual community in Jaffa.
Anat Katz-Arotchas - Director of Online Communities
Anat joined the Israel Women’s Network (IWN) lobby after four years of activism in Israel and Australia, promoting gender thinking in the workplace, and heading women’s communities online and offline. Anat is the co-founder of WE (former XXUX) – a community of high-tech professional women in the field of user experience, co-founder of ‘ovrot ve’shavot’ – women talking finance community, and an expert in the field of gendered innovation in technology.
Prior to that, Anat held various management and strategic product management positions in the high-tech industry, working for start-up companies as well as large corporates such as SAP and Sensis.
Anat holds a B.Sc in Industrial Engineering from Ben Gurion University and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Bar Ilan University.
Batya Aviram - Community Relations
Batya Aviram started working at the IWN with 20 years of experience in community relations and resource development for the Batsheva Dance Company, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and numerous organizations. Batya specializes in organizing and producing fundraising events and establishing friends’ associations. Following the Rabin assassination, Batya produced events in his memory in Boston and Washington.
At the IWN, Batya is part of establishing the Legal Forum, the Women’s real estate Forum and is responsible for fundraising events.
Batya holds a BA in Education and Geography and an MA in Public Administration from Tel Aviv University.
Maha Agbaria- Intern in the legal department
Maha Agbaria is interning in the IWN legal and is completing her LL.B. studies at the Academic Center of Law and Business in Ramat Gan. During her studies she worked in various law firms, including those specializing in labor law and litigation. Maha comes from a feminist background, her activities focusing on Palestinian women in the Arab society.