Fri, Dec 09, 2011
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

A Women's Event with Rachel Liel

The New Israel Fund,
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and Jewish Women's Archive

The Women Behind Israel’s Social Justice Movement

A Discussion for Women
With Rachel Liel, NIF’s Executive Director in Israel


In Israel, women are leading the movement for social justice.  Women were instrumental in this summer’s tent city protests, which involved the largest demonstrations in the country’s history culminating in the establishment of a special government commission to address protestor grievances.  Women also head some of Israel’s most prominent civil society organizations and progressive political parties. Against this backdrop, gender segregation in the Israeli public sphere is growing, women are paid an average of only 62 percent of men's salaries, and tens of thousands of religious women are trapped in unhappy marriages because their husbands will not grant them a divorce. What do these conflicting pictures tell us about the state of women’s issues in contemporary Israeli society?  Rachel Liel will explore this question and also recount recent successes, obstacles, and next steps in Israel’s women’s rights movement.  
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Questions?  Call the New Israel Fund office at 781-444-7889.
Rachel Liel is the New Israel Fund's Executive Director in Israel.  Prior to her appointment in 2009, she served as Director of SHATIL, the New Israel Fund Initiative for Social Change, which provides training and consultancy services for the NGO sector in Israel.  She joined SHATIL in 1998 as part of a long and distinguished career in public service, having served as Deputy Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services in the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry, and as a Policy Analyst in the Department of Social Policy Planning of the Prime Minister's Office.

Co-sponsored by the New Israel Fund, JCRC of Greater Boston, and Jewish Women's Archive

Event Location

YWCA Boston, in the Library
140 Clarendon Street
(corner Clarendon and Stuart)
Boston, MA 02116

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