We are proud to announce that SHATIL'S Director, Rachel Liel, was chosen this month by The Marker (Ha'aretz's business and technology magazine) as one of 40 women making the most significant contributions to Israeli society. The magazine notes that the honor salutes her efforts as head of "an organization that assists social change organizations in their early stages of development and in their ongoing work and, since its establishment in 1982, has provided organizational and media consulting to over one thousand of these organizations."
The Marker notes that Rachel realized the potential for grassroots organizing in Israel after living in South Africa (when her husband, Alon Liel, served as Ambassador there) and witnessing the dramatic demise of Apartheid. Her optimism and experience as a consultant at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, led to her appointment as SHATIL'S Director in 1998. Today, in addition to working individually and intensively with each social change organization, SHATIL is concerned with forming coalitions, having recognized the strategic advantage of cooperation among organizations passionate about the same issues.
The article ends with Rachel's credo, a call for greater investment of government resources in the social arena, as well as for a greater number of "organizations run by weak populations, not only organizations run on behalf of weak populations."
Rachel's influential status in Israel was confirmed last year as well, when Globes, Israel's leading business daily, recognized her as one of Israel's 50 leading women.