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Dear Friends,

"If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation)” ~ Old African proverb

International Women's Day (March 8) – now in its 26th year - is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity especially in parts of the world where women are still forced to deal with shocking inequality on a daily basis. Women have come far in their fight but there is much still to be done to ensure the fair representation of women in all walks of life. 

Since its inception, WIZO has been all about empowering women from all echelons of society and we will continue to be at the forefront of the struggle for the advancement of women in Israel. Empowered women make choices that meet their own needs and those of their families. When this happens, the world becomes a better place – not just for women, but for all of us. In a nutshell, equality for women is progress for all!

With warm WIZO regards,
Janine Gelley 
Chairperson, Organization and Tourism Division.
World WIZO.
Philanthropist Melinda Gates talks about "Time Poverty" This is an issue that touches everyone—especially women in developing countries. Share with your friends and help raise awareness for this global phenomenon.

The gender gap nobody is talking about

Bill and Melinda Gates recently published their annual letter outlining their philanthropic priorities. While Bill Gates’ portion of the letter focuses on energy, his wife’s portion focuses on "time poverty"  — or, more specifically, the time women spend on unpaid work, which she defines as one of the biggest challenges of the modern era. This unpaid work is essential for households and societies to function. But it is also valued less than paid work, and when it is women’s responsibility, it prevents them from doing other things.  Read more... 

Women in company leadership tied to stronger profits

Companies pondering the incentives for increased gender diversity in their executive ranks may need to look no further than the bottom line. Having women in the highest corporate offices is correlated with increased profitability, according to a new study of nearly 22,000 publicly traded companies in 91 countries conducted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics. However, despite the apparent economic benefits, almost 60% of the firms surveyed have no female board members, and just over half have no female upper-level executives. Read more...

Ugandan rabbi makes history with Parliament victory

Far from political discussions about Bernie Sanders and the meaning of secular Jewish socialism, Jewish political history has just been made — in Uganda. An African Jew, and chief rabbi, no less, has just won a parliamentary seat, a first for the country. On February 19, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the spiritual leader of the century-old Abayudaya Jewish community, was named the winner in a heated race among eight candidates, including two main rivals from Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement party. Read more...

Graffiti transforms Jerusalem market

In the daylight Machane Yehuda, Jerusalem's main outdoor market is alive with aromatic smells of fresh spices, noisy shop owners, locals and tourists. But come nightfall, the shop owners close up, and the shuk transforms itself into an improbable nightlife hot spot, the narrow alleys and stalls taken over by dozens of micropubs, fish-and-chips joints and live music bars. Now thanks to a new cultural project it is set to become the largest Jewish portrait gallery in the world. Read more...

Is one of Israel's top 18 chefs in your city?

Israeli cuisine is enjoying unprecedented enthusiasm among diners around the globe as Israeli chefs introduce – and reintroduce – winning combinations of fresh ingredients and spices with modern updates and innovative twists to traditional dishes. In 2015, Zagat published a must-taste list of 10 Israeli dishes everyone needs to know about and Bon Appetit Magazine voted hummus “dish of the year.” Read more...

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Editor-in-chief: Janine Gelley, Chairperson
Co-editors: Lisa Moss & Raquel Dar
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