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2013 Israel Grantees

In addition to supporting five first-time grantees, this year, the Foundation also awarded "Sustaining Grants" for the first time. These grants provide general operating support and were awarded to five long-term grantees which have played a particularly critical role in supporting the economic empowerment of women in Israel.

Assisting low-income women to achieve economic independence

Asset Building

Adva Center (2006-2011, 2013)

The Adva Center is writing and publishing a guidebook for Israeli women entitled "What Women Need to Know about Saving for Retirement," and will mount a campaign to spread awareness about the guidebook via mail, the internet, and social media. The guidebook will explain the reasons why women need to save for retirement, as well as the investment options available to them. Previously, the Hadassah Foundation provided grants for The Women's Budget Forum, which analyzes the budget of the State of Israel using a gender lens.

Economic Empowerment for Women—EEW (2008-2013)—Sustaining Grant

The 2013 grant will provide General Operating Support to EEW. EEW's current programs include Saving for the Future: An Asset-Building and Management Program, which promotes asset development among low-income women who manage microenterprises, based on the U.S. model of the Individual Development Account (IDA). The Hadassah Foundation provided the initial grants to establish EEW and support A Business of One's Own and Access to Markets, the first microenterprise programs in Israel run by and for women (2000-2006).

Business Training & Entrepreneurship

Sidreh (2006, 2008, 2013)

Through Socio-Economic Development of Bedouin Women in the Negev, Sidreh will improve the socio-economic status of Arab Bedouin women, and promote their meaningful participation in public life. The activities in this program will 1) Increase income of Bedouin women by giving them access to resources via financial literary training and helping them create small businesses; and 2) Improve their social position by facilitating their empowerment and participation in Bedouin society.

In the past, The Hadassah Foundation provided grants for Lakiya - The Negev Weaving Project, which preserves traditional Bedouin culture through rug weaving, providing income to women who cannot work outside their homes. (2006, 2008)

Supportive Community (Sviva Tomehet) (2007-2013)—Sustaining Grant

The 2013 grant will provide General Operating Support to Supportive Community's administration and programs. Supportive Community's current programs include A Retirement Plan of Her Own, which encourages female micro-entrepreneurs, immigrants from the former Soviet Union, to become more educated about their pension options and create a pension plan or upgrade an existing one. In the past, the Hadassah Foundation supported the Economic and Social Empowerment Project, whiåch promotes åsocial integration and community involvement by assisting female immigrants from the former Soviet Union to create and develop businesses through empowerment programs, microenterprise loans, business forums, and networking, and direct business consultation and guidance.

Vocational Training & Job Placement

IT Works (2011-2013)

The Women's Empowerment Program (WEP) is a comprehensive, eight-month program that teaches low-income women (ages 18-35) technological and professional skills, provides them with certification from Cisco Systems, and assists them in finding skilled employment in the high-tech sector.

Jerusalem Intercultural Center (2013)

Improving Health Care in East Jerusalem through Training Women Paramedical Professionals will prepare East Jerusalem residents trained in paramedical professional fields at universities in the West Bank and Jordan, the majority of whom are female, to pass Israeli Ministry of Health certification and competency exams so they can work in their chosen fields at health institutions in East Jerusalem, many of which suffer from staffing shortages. This program aims to increase employment among Arab women in east Jerusalem, and improve health care for east Jerusalem residents.

Olim Beyahad: Rising Up Together (2012, 2013)

Excelling Ethiopian Israeli Women "Graduates Program" assists Ethiopian Israeli university graduates ages 21-40 in finding suitable jobs at the forefront of Israel's workforce, and mentors them through the early stages of their careers. Graduates participate in a Graduates' Forum, which serves as an internal network of program graduates, providing and facilitating mutual support while enabling them to use tools they acquired from the program to initiate social projects; a Graduates' Volunteering Program, which enables them to give back to the community and impact other lives through volunteering; and an Executives' Course, which develops their management and leadership skills, gives them tools to be promoted, and helps them establish social and business initiatives.

Women's Spirit (2011-2013)

Women's Spirit works to improve the financial and social status of women who are victims of domestic violence. Spheres of Influence aims to establish and promote an infrastructure of cooperation between women victims of violence, the business community, and private individuals in the community. The program runs a professional women's network that provides mentoring, access to jobs, and hands-on coaching in the world of work for women victims of violence.

Legal Aid

Center for Women's Justice (CWJ) (2008-2013)—Sustaining Grant

The 2013 grant will provide General Operating Support. CWJ's current programs include The Public Interest Litigation Project, which pursues precedent-setting litigation and legal advocacy on behalf of women who have suffered unjust treatment, discrimination, or whose basic human rights have been infringed upon when seeking a divorce.

Itach-Maaki—Women Lawyers for Social Justice (2005-2013)—Sustaining Grant

Itach-Maaki is a public interest law organization working on behalf of low-income Israeli women. Itach-Maaki helps women to file employment-related law suits and form peer support groups, and educates the public about issues affecting women. The 2013 grant will provide General Operating Support. Itach-Maaki's current programs include Equal Access to Earning: Facilitating Equal Economic Opportunities for Marginalized Women. The Hadassah Foundation previously provided grants for Access to Justice for Low-Income Working Women, which provides legal assistance and information concerning women's rights and privileges under the law (2005-2010).

The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center, Bar Ilan University (2007-2013)—Sustaining Grant

The 2013 grant will provide General Operating Support. The Rackman Center currently operates The Clinic for Legal Aid for Women in Family Law, which provides legal counsel to women seeking a divorce. The Rackman Center works proactively to improve policy and practice by educating future family lawyers to safeguard women's rights, and advocating for changes in Israeli family law.

Tmura-The Israeli Antidiscrimination Center (2013)

The Reclaiming Feminine Justice: Understanding and Combating Economic Violence program aims to make known and reduce the instances of economic violence that occur in Israel, by using law reform and legal action against the perpetrators of this little known abuse. Economic violence, a type of violence and discrimination, prevents women from becoming economically independent. There are currently few, if any, forms of legal recourse for women in Israel who have been economically victimized.

Yedid (2004-2007, 2012-2013)

Making It Work: Empowering Low Income Working Women helps enforce and improve labor laws affecting women in Israel. In addition to receiving complaints at each of its 16 centers across the country, Yedid proactively reaches out to women in abusive workplaces and helps them to work for the enforcement of labor laws. The Making It Work program aims to empower women to confront workplace abuse and demand their rights. The program addresses the root causes of the employment challenges faced by Israeli women and creates systematic change. In the past, the Hadassah Foundation supported: Advanced Economic Empowerment for Low-Income Israeli Women, which included workshops on basic household budgeting focusing on effective planning and decision making, and the emotional role that finances play in women's lives; and Social and Legal Assistance to Low-Income Northern Women, an emergency subvention offering employment and housing rights education for women affected by Israel's 2006 War with Hezbollah.


Policy Education & Coalition Building

Jewish Women's Collaborative International Fund (2012-2013)

The Fund, a partnership funded by 17 Jewish women's funds in the United States and Israel, is supporting Shutafot, Bringing Women to the Fore: A Feminist Partnership, a cooperative effort of seven leading women's organizations in Israel that are uniting to develop an activist coalition to promote gender equality and women's rights through large-scale social and media campaigns.

New Israel Fund, Shatil (2007-2013)

Through Towards Sustenance: Women Establish Social Businesses Shatil will continue its work fostering policies, regulations, and practices more conducive to the advancement of women's microfinance initiatives, with a focus on catering enterprises ("community kitchens") that provide meals to schoolchildren in poorer regions.

Previously, The Hadassah Foundation provided grants for Shatil's programs: Equality and Dignity in the Workforce, which focused on wage gaps, working conditions, and promotion opportunities in the public sector, where two-thirds of Israeli working women are concentrated, and where their salaries are far lower than their male counterparts (2011-2012), and Advancing Economic Empowerment for Women, a project that included support for microenterprise initiatives, business training courses for low-income women, and management assistance to not-for-profits (2007-2010).

Watch Dina Amar talk about her Moroccan restaurant, Dona Marakesh, which she transformed into a successful microenterprise business under the guidance of this program.

Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) (2013)

Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) seeks to empower marginalized Jewish and Arab women in Hadera and Wadi Ara by providing them with advocacy tools so that they can empower themselves, change their own situation, and seek social justice for other women like themselves. Through Empowering Single Mothers to Advocate for Change, a group of women, composed mainly of single mothers, will research, use advocacy tools to raise public awareness about, and advance legislation within the Knesset to expand the potential pool of families eligible for school stipends given annually to single parents of children aged 6 to 14 to include families with children through the final year of high school. In addition, RHR aims to create a second "Women's Empowerment and Advocacy Group" that will work on housing issues, like expanding housing options for low-income families, in the Hadera area.

The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS), Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (2013)

Gender Index: Enhancing Women's Representation a first-of-its kind in the world, quantitative, and up-to-date index, aims to illustrate and monitor the status of diverse women and gender issues in Israel from a vast range of fields. The index will monitor and analyze gender equality in Israel, and highlight the significant obstacles to achieving equal outcomes for women. Additionally, the index will serve as the basis for a joint strategy to significantly augment women's representation in elected office both numerically and substantively, and give greater prominence to gender issues on the public agenda. To date, there has been no objective way to measure all the different ways that women have fallen behind men in Israel. WIPS' Gender Index aims to fill this niche.


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