Since the foundation of the IWN, over thirty years ago, IWN members, as well as other women specializing in Gender Equality, have recognized the need to reevaluate the role of the organization in the larger scheme of Human Rights and Women’s Rights organizations in Israel. On May 31st, 2016, new leadership was elected for the IWN, enriching the organization’s composition with leading women from Israel’s various sectors: lawyers, local politicians, businesswomen, gender researchers, artists, etc. After an in-depth analysis of various Israeli foundations and social organizations currently active in similar fields, a decision was made to transform the IWN into an Activist Think-Tank dealing with fundamental issues which are crucial in achieving gender equality for Israeli citizens. The Israel Women’s Network aims to work in cooperation with the various grassroots organizations to create an informative infrastructure and map the various areas viewed by the IWN as crucial for the advancement of gender equality.
The IWN’s future is focused on becoming a center of knowledge: to gather data on women and women’s issues, to learn and then teach means of actions to policy makers, to conceptualize and draw conclusions from the acquired knowledge and to develop a toolkit for effective action. The IWN will work in constant collaboration with grassroots organizations while establishing the framework for their actions and enlisting them to a feminist vision in order to maximize the social impact of the forces working toward the equality and prosperity of women.