Under the Shared Communities program we initiated a study day for the council teams focusing the issue of "Women in the Community".
The study day was planned by the head of the well fare departments of the two local councils; Sharon Shamai, Sara Eylon and Atidal Masrawa together with the Givat Haviva Shared Communities team.
The study day opened with greetings by all the organizers of the day.
After the greetings we heard a lecture by Dr. Dalit Samhai on "Women in Israel, in- equality, opportunities and solidarity between women"
Dr. Samhai addressed women characteristics in general and the differences coming from culture and religion. She mentioned that the in-equality between women in Israel does not exist only between Jewish and Arab women but also between other sectors in Israeli society and between center and periphery in Israel. The governments solutions until today are limited and not fulfilling their goal (such as free education from age 3 and establishing day cares in working places).
In conclusion she offered that toward improving the women status in the Israeli society there need to be in consideration of the different needs in the different sectors in Israeli society.
In the end of the lecture we screened the film:"Les Source Des Femmes"; a story in a small village in north Africa where a village is centered on a battle of the sexes, where women threaten to withhold sexual favors if their men refuse to fetch water from a remote well.
After the film we divided into small discussion groups and discussed central issues concerning "women in the community":