Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center
118 Arlozorov St. Haifa 33276
Tel: 972-4-865-0977, 972-4-866-0951 Fax: 972-4-864-1072
Isha L’Isha—Haifa Feminist Center, established in 1983, is the oldest grassroots feminist organization in Israel and one of the leading voices of women’s rights in the country. Isha L’Isha is based in Haifa and works primarily in the northern part of Israel. However, many of our projects—past and present—focus on implementing system-wide solutions to problems faced by women. As a result, Isha L'Isha has a national influence, reaching target audiences throughout the country.
Currently, our main areas of activity include Fighting Against Trafficking in Women and Prostitution; Women and Medical Technologies; and Building an Empowered Community of Women. We are active in raising issues onto the public agenda that affect the lives of women through conferences, public awareness campaigns, demonstrations, and coalition work. We provide a platform for discussion of and action on issues such as feminism and women's rights, violence against women, reproductive rights, discrimination in work and society, sexual orientation, the economy, ecological and environmental issues, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and healthcare.
Isha L’Isha’s mission is to advance the status and rights of women and girls, and to promote peace, security and socio-economic justice from a feminist perspective through education, research, dissemination of knowledge and public events.
Our vision is a society where all women—regardless of religion, ethnicity or cultural background—enjoy equal rights in all fields, including economic, social, and political; a society without gender-based violence; a society in which women's voices are heard, and in which women have full and equal access.
While our mission remains constant, over the years the focus of our activities has varied to include a range of projects and issues. Isha L'Isha is also a social change incubator. Over the years numerous Isha L'Isha projects have evolved into independent organizations, among them the Hotline for Battered Women, the Kayan Arab Feminist Center, and the Women's Economic Empowerment Association. Isha L'Isha also serves as a resource center that provides information to women over the phone and maintains a feminist library that serves the entire community.
Isha L'Isha has more than 30 years' experience in running grassroots projects and has earned a national reputation for professionalism and dedication to feminist causes. Our staff members and activists are frequently invited to participate in coalition and Parliamentary meetings to provide the input, ideas and know-how that result from our experience. We are repeatedly called upon to lecture and provide comments on social events shaping women’s daily lives.
For further information, ways you can support or contribute to our work, or to subscribe to our newsletter, please contact our development coordinator Khulud Khamis at email@example.com.