We continue our conversation with Shirli Shavit, Director of NA’AMAT’s International Department. Here Shirli discusses NA’AMAT’s position as a world movement, its every day impact in Israel and the challenges of maintaining a strong and growing organization.
Marcia J. Weiss encourages NA’AMAT USA members to use their voice to promote social change.
In the current issue of NA’AMAT WOMAN, Marcia J. Weiss, J.D., NA’AMAT USA’s vice president of program and education, writes about the issue of campus sexual assault. She cites some alarming statistics: nearly 1 in 5 women are victims of sexual assault during their college years, yet less than 5 percent of rapes and attempted rapes are reported either to college authorities or law enforcement.
Rape on campus is not a new problem, but it has recently been gaining more attention because courageous young women are increasingly speaking out. “In my day, you didn’t do anything like that,” says Weiss. “No one talked about it.”
Galia Wolloch is overwhelmed by the hard work and dedication of the organization’s employees in an appearance on the popular reality series.
Israeli television viewers got to meet some of the everyday superstars who keep NA’AMAT’s school and day care programs running through a recent episode of the reality show Undercover Boss featuring NA’AMAT president Galia Wolloch.
Shirli Shavit is the Director of the International Department of NA’AMAT, a position she has held for 17 years. As such, she serves as the lynchpin connecting NA’AMAT Israel with its sister organizations around the world.
By Galia Wolloch, president, NA’AMAT Israel
Every year, in honor of International Women’s Day, depressing statistics are published on the inconceivable wage gaps of approximately 30% between women and men. The fact causing the most despair is that the gap has remained at a similar rate for decades already, as if there have been no cultural, social and structural changes in the country.
It is no secret that one of the major causes of the gaps in status and wages is the fact that women still tend to take upon themselves (or accept) primary responsibility for childcare. Even though women have fully entered the job market and constitute about half of it, their traditional role as caretakers of children has not been reduced accordingly – and this dual burden makes it difficult for them to integrate and advance.
NA’AMAT International Solidarity Conference 2015
More than 30 members of NA’AMAT USA, representing chapters across the country, traveled to Israel last month to take part in the first ever NA’AMAT International Solidarity Conference. During the busy and inspirational week-long event, delegates made new friends among their sisters from Israel, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay, and visited NA’AMAT facilities in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Karmiel, Beersheva, Lod and other sites.