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Dear Friends,

The secret of change Is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new ~ Socrates

When ultra-Orthodox media outlets published the traditional picture of the new Israeli cabinet they blotted out the faces of the three female ministers on the grounds that pictures of women offend religious norms. Through this act of censorship women's faces may have been momentarily obliterated from the public eye but thanks to courageous Haredi-Orthodox female activists like Adina Bar-Shalom, Esty Shushan and Ruth Colian, who are defying the usual expectations of their insular communities, these victims of discrimination have been given a voice.

Since its inception, the women of WIZO have stood for women's rights and helped women in all echelons of society; demonstrating their unswerving faith in the potential of women to shape and influence public life.
With warm regards,

Janine Gelley 
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division.
World WIZO.

BDS: know the facts, not the hype

Renowned Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz tells you everything you need to know about the BDS movement and why the goal of this movement is the destruction of the State of Israel.

A huge thorn in the side of dictatorships

WIZO Florida presented the Shomrei Israel Award (Protectors of Israel) at their annual gala dinner in February to Hillel Neuer "for his outstanding support of the State of Israel as Executive Director of UN Watch". Listen to this brilliant speaker who appears regularly before the United Nations Human Rights Council.
No voice no vote | Esty Shushan | TEDxJerusalem

No voice, no vote

The lack of female speakers at major events in Israel is notable, therefore the organizers of a recent TEDx event in Jerusalem decided to dedicate it solely to women. In her talk Esty Shushan, a Haredi- Orthodox woman who launched a campaign called "No Voice, No Vote" to integrate women in the ultra-orthodox parties shares her journey from one woman, alone, in front of a Facebook page, to a new ultra-orthodox feminist movement that has made history.
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders

Why we have to few women leaders?

Watch Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg discuss her passion for fighting for women’s equality in the workplace, and in life. Her speech reached millions and this experience inspired her to write her best-selling book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”. 

A road trip through Israel's culinary revolution

Filmaker Roger Sherman and Israeli-American celebrity chef Michael Solomonov, crisscross Israel as they search out ethnic, immigrant and regional specialties. This PBS documentary shows that today's Israel is a gastronomic haven and reveals a portrait of the Israeli people through food. 
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Compiled by World WIZO Organization & Tourism Division
Editor-in-chief: Janine Gelley 
Co-editors: Rolene Marks, Lisa Moss, Raquel Dar
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