Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Today, we met with our grantee Yedid to learn more about their work protecting the rights of women experiencing discrimination in the workforce. Yedid lawyer Vardit Dameri Madar (pictured above) introduced us to a client whose job offer was rescinded after she told them she was pregnant.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Our meeting at Adva focused on the challenges that Israeli women face when saving for retirement. They are using our grant to write a publication--to be distributed in print, as well as via social media--aimed towards working-age women who are trying to figure out their savings options. Their director, above, explains how the Foundation is supporting this effort.
Long-time Foundation grantee, Economic Empowerment for Women, above, works with female entrepreneurs who are creating small businesses. They also provide courses on financial planning, and encourage savings among low-income female business owners.
First stop today was with Itach-Maaki, a feminist legal advocacy organization. They have been working hard to improve working conditions for teaching assistants, an overwhelmingly female profession. They also won a Supreme Court decision that permits welfare recipients to own a (used) car, so they can travel to and from work. Netta, a lawyer with the group, explains, above, how the Foundation has supported them.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
We heard Yifat Biton, a lawyer for Tmura, give a lecture to 3rd-year law students about economic violence, a specific form of abuse. This involves women being the denied the ability to spend their money as they see fit, e.g. a spouse requires them to turn over their paycheck to them, or a father who has been denied a loan will coerce his daughter to take on such a debt.
We met with a number of highly impressive young women who are participating in, or are alumni of, Olim Beyachad, a program that helps place Israeli Ethiopians who are university graduates in jobs commensurate with their education. Meet one such grad, who now works for the group, above.
We visited Hadera to learn more about the work of our grantee, Rabbis for Human Rights, which is working with a group of single mothers--Israeli Jews from Hadera and Israeli Arabs from Wadi Ara--to secure state-paid child support payments through the conclusion of their high school education. (The government currently makes such payments until the child is 14.) Rabbi Irit Lev of RHR, above, explains how the Foundation supports their work.
First stop today: IT Works in Netanya. Our grant will help them train a group of low-income women in Hadera, providing them with tech skills so they can get entry-level jobs in high-tech firms. Orly, above, is a graduate of the program who has not only changed careers, but who also started her own business!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Stop number two today was at a "community kitchen" in Hura, a Bedouin town. The Israeli government now pays for school lumches in poor communities, and there is a push, spearheaded by our grantee, Shatil, to encourage the government to provide catering contracts to local, female-run cooperatives. This helps keep funds in the community, as well as provide jobs to local women. Above, the assistant chef in Hura gives us a tour.
Our first stop today was to the Bedouin town of Lakiyah, to visit our grantee Sidreh. Sidreh is using a Foundation grant to support financial literacy and business development classes for local women. Hear from one of their leaders, above.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Foundation's mission to Israel began with a visit to Women's Spirit (pictured above) in Tel Aviv, an organizatio n devoted to providing economic empowerment to victims of domestic violence. Devoted volunteers provide intensive business coaching and mentoring to clients, committing to at least a year's worth of weekly meetings with an individual participant.