My name is Einat Fischer Lalo, I’m a lawyer with an LLB and a LLM from the University of Tel aviv, currently working on my doctorate in administrative law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I’m 45 years old, I was born in Givaatayim and have spent most of my life there, and today I live in Ramat Gan. I’m married to Yonatan, I love literature, Israeli culture and TV, I have a serious weakness for dogs, I love to write, I’m addicted to coffee, and as of December 1st I will be the Executive Director of the Israel Women’s Network.
I spent the first part of my professional career in public service, where I was a labor law and constitutional and administrative legal advisor, a professional advisor to a Minister, and a chief of staff to the executive director in several government offices. As I moved to civil society, about six years ago, I shifted my focus to working vis a vis decision makers in the Knesset and the government, and in policy promotion in governmental and social areas.
I established a regulation and government liaison department in a professional union, I served three years as the CEO of the Citizen's Empowerment Center – an NGO working to promote governmental responsibility and effectiveness, and these days I am completing my term as deputy CEO in charge of government and policy in the Darkenu movement – working to fortify democratic, egalitarian and liberal values.
I am coming to the Israel Women’s Network because I believe with all my heart, based on personal experiences and an understanding that had become clearer in recent years, that the struggle to achieve gender equality is a part of every woman’s life, no matter the segment of the population she belongs to, her geographic location in Israel, her profession or vocation.
The strongest leaders, and certainly women from areas or segments of the population which are disadvantaged or excluded, have dealt with or still deal in their lives with offensive work environments, belittling and discriminating experiences, representation barriers, wage gaps, and daily services that are not in line with an egalitarian approach, and which make people’s lives difficult every day.
I believe the IWN should and can be the home and the voice of ‘the feminine majority’ – of every woman who wishes to live in a reality of equality – in opportunities, in representation, in employment, in social and medical services, in the work environment.
I believe in the IWN’s ability to expand its circle of partners willing to struggle for gender equality, expand the circle of discourse and partnership over urgent gender issues, and raise public awareness to issues that do not receive an ample stage.
I am certain that together, we can harness the majority, aspiring to live in a more egalitarian Israel, in order to create a meaningful change in our reality.