Archive for the ‘men’ tag
Haredi men in Mehadrin bus lines (?) peal off the stickers stating that the law forbids to harass passengers for their choice of place, says Gideon Mizrahi, Chairman of Israel’s largest bus company.
Women are not fairly represented in the higher echelons of political/security decision-making in Israel: the Forum of Eight senior ministers advising the Prime Minister does not include a single woman; the Security Cabinet has a single female member, in the role of an observer; no woman serve in any senior position on the National Security Council. Furthermore, in the past twenty years, only five Palestinian and two Israeli women were members of the respective peace negotiation teams.
Not a single woman participated in a meeting of the Police Department’s senior command regarding exclusion of women. Approximately a quarter of the police force is made up of women, yet not a single woman holds a senior post in the department.
A group of concerned parents is trying to protest what they view as a growing extremist bent in religious schools. One of the group members, an employee of the Ministry of Education, was summoned for a talking-to and told to stop her activities against the Education Ministry. One example of extremism cited by the group members is that “at the end of the year event the fathers won’t be able to see the girls perform and that there will even be separate events for boys and girls.”
Israel ranked three places lower than it did last year in the annual Global Gender Gap Index for 2011, placing in 55th place out of 135 states surveyed. Israel has been sliding down the index since 2006, when it was placed in 35th place. The index benchmarks the gender gap between men and women based on four criteria: economic opportunities, education, health and political empowerment.
According to Jerusalem PR professionals, there are hardly any women on public billboards and ads in the city any more, for fear of Haredi backlash.
A group of veiled men of the illegal settlement Havat Maon, in South Mount Hebron, assaulted activists of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) . One activist suffered head injury.
Women who arrived at the Forum of Directors conference of the ultra-Orthodox newspaper Hatzofe in Jerusalem claim they were not allowed to attend the event because it was for men only. Conference speakers included, among others, Minister of Finance Yuval Schteinitz, and the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.
Ministry of Transportation started Driving School classes separating men from women. According to a source in the Ministry, they allow separate classes for all ultra-Orthodox men who wish to study without women: “This came up due to their sensitivity to this issue. You have to understand, the ultra-Orthodox sector have separation in their buses, and all of a sudden they come here, and sit for long hours together with secular women.”
The Jerusalem municipality organized a family event for the Haredi [Ultra-Orthodox] sector in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center. In advertising for the event, intended for the entire family, parents were asked to maintain full separation between men and women.