The Israel Medical Association did something great. It issued new ethical guidelines this week that prevented its members from speaking at a gynecology conference in which women experts were barred from speaking. In doing so, it sent a clear message that mainstream Israel rejects the denigration of women.
Thank Israel’s doctors for affirming women’s rights. Use the form below to write Dr. Leonid Eidelman, chairperson of the Israel Medical Association.
The conference, sponsored by a group called Puah, not only banned women from making presentations. It also enforced segregated seating in the audience.
Puah argues that excluding women from a conference on women’s reproductive health is necessary to prevent ultra-Orthodox rabbis from walking out of the sessions. That's bogus. Judaism prioritizes preserving human health and life.
This type of fundamentalism has no place in modern Israel. That's why it was so important that the Israel Medical Association took the principled stance that it did.
NIF-backed groups like Kolech--The Religious Women's Forum have been at the forefront of the struggle to bring gender equality to the Puah conference and in other places where religious considerations lead to the exclusion of women.
When you send your letter, you support the activism of dozens of Israeli groups like Kolech who are defending Israel's values.