Promoting Policy and Legislation
The Israel Women’s Network (IWN), founded in 1984, aims to promote a better society in Israel through social equality. Our strategy in achieving this goal is to focus on women’s equality, by creating the social, physical, economic and judicial conditions for their prosperity.
During the past three decades, the IWN has worked to promote equality in various fields, primarily through the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) and the Government. In our work with Knesset members and policy makers we strive to apply gender mainstreaming into the everyday work of the Israeli government. In addition, we initiate legislative acts, oppose damaging policy initiatives, and participate in Knesset committee discussions.
Here you can find the full translation of a recent extensive project, in cooperation with the Calcalist newspaper, in which IWN monitored the impact of government offices on gender equality in Israel. The project, which spans eight pages in a Passover holiday magazine, introduces the most prominent accomplishments and failures of 10 vital offices in the 34th government, including the ministries of justice, treasury, health, welfare, interior, transportation, education, defense, internal defense, and development of the Negev desert, the Galilee and the periphery. The report also indicates the main policy advances we expect the new government offices to make in order to advance gender equality in each respective domain. The project uncovers fascinating facts, such as the gender wage gap in government offices, the share of women among top management, which ministries battled exclusion of women, which promoted legislature that fights against sexual violence and prostitution, and which actually increased discrimination and harmed the battle against violence against women:
Etti Aflallo, Calcalist, April 24th, 2019 The mismatch between the labor market and the education system is one of the main barriers to better integration
Etti Aflallo, Calcalist, April 24th, 2019 Director General of the Ministry of the Interior: Mordechai Cohen, Director General of the Ministry for the Advancement of
Etti Aflallo, Calcalist, April 24th, 2019 The Interior Ministry promotes exclusion. The Ministry of Public Security is not doing enough to prevent violence against women,
Etti Aflallo, Calcalist, April 24th, 2019 Chief Executive Officer: Ami Palmor, State Prosecutor: Shai Nitzan, Legal Advisor: Avichai Mandelblit, Public Defender: Yoav Sapir. The Ministry
Etti Aflallo, Calcalist, April 24th, 2019 Director: Turner Foundation, Director of the Public Transportation Authority: Amir Asraf, Head of the General Directorate: Rachel Tevet Wiesel,
Etti Aflallo, Calcalist, April 24th, 2019 CEO: Avigdor Kaplan, National Insurance Institute Director: Meir Spagler, Director General of the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority: Arie Bibi, CEO
Etti Aflallo, Calcalist, April 24th, 2019 Director General: Moshe Edery, Security of Secretary: Avi Edery, Prison Service Commissioner (Acting): Asher Vaknin. The Ministry of Justice
Etti Aflallo, Calcalist, April 24th, 2019 CEO: Udi Adam, IAI’s General Manager: Nimrod Sheffer; Rafael CEO: Yoav Har Even “The Ministry of Defense’s gender monitoring