On December 12th, the 2018 Shavot Center's Gender Index presented at the Knesset Committee for Gender Equality and the Status of Women. Pictured, MK Aida Touma, the committee chair, opened the session with heartfelt and moving words about the 25th victim of femicide, Iman Awwad, 29, from Acre, who was murdered earlier that week.
At 10am, in the middle of the session, they all stood for a minute of silence in memory of the 25 women murdered since the beginning of the year. MK Touma called for immediate action by the government ministries in the form of adequate funding for services to women victims of violence. (A continued call from the protest we shared earlier.)
The index, now in its fifth year, is the most comprehensive index for gender inequality; it includes 13 different parameters: education, labor market, vocational gendering, economic insecurity and poverty, political and corporate power, culture and media, family status, time economy, violence, health as well as specific focus on women in the Haredi and Arab communities and women in geographically marginalized communities.
Also pictured, member organizations that supported the event: Greater Miami Jewish Federation, קרן דפנה - נשים משתפות פעולה לשינוי, Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta, Tikkun Olam Women's Foundation of Greater Washington, Jewish Women's Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches.