Stories

  • Work on the Ground: Women in a Patriarchal Society

    06 April 2011

    Stemming the tide of violence against Israeli women

     
    Women demonstrate in Nazareth to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

    Before the NIF family pioneered the campaign on violence against women in the 1980's and early 1990's, many Israelis simply insisted that there was no such problem in Israeli society. Now the subject is such a consensus issue that politicians scramble to champion the cause

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     marriage is not a life sentence

     
    A young protestor makes her point
    at the ICAR demonstration in Jerusalem

    Thousands of Israeli women are unable to obtain a divorce because the rabbinical court does not compel their husbands to grant them one. This often leads to a situation where husbands will refuse a divorce because they seek to blackmail their wives into relinquishing all economic claims. Through demonstrations and lobbying, NIF’s grantees are helping free women from these unhappy marriages.

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    Obtaining Rights for same sex couples

    Through NIF’s flagship grantee, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), lesbian women are now are now eligible to be recognized as parents.