Founded in 1983, “Isha L’Isha” (Woman to Woman) is a successor to the feminist women of Haifa who fought for women’s rights in the 1970s.
We are a community of women acting out of a desire to maintain partnership and understanding among women in Israel, regardless of religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual preference, or socioeconomic status.
“Isha L’Isha” is the oldest feminist center in Israel and a leading voice in the struggle for women’s rights in the country.
• To eradicate every form of discrimination, violence and oppression against women
• To protect our rights to make decisions about our bodies.
• To create the conditions for agreement, commonality and dialog between women of different cultures and backgrounds.
• To take action to improve existing services and adapt them to the specific needs of women.
• To change society by raising equality awareness
• To take action against any sexist expression in society and to spread the idea of equal rights and opportunities for all women.
“Isha L’Isha” is run by a collective open to all women. The group holds monthly meetings, where we outline the policy and guidelines of the organization. All decisions are taken unanimously with the approval of all members of the collective. The organization has a horizontal, non-hierarchical structure – there is neither management nor a director. The different institutions are selected according to a system of “quarters,” based on equal representation for Palestinian, Mizrachi, lesbian, and Ashkenazi women.
The “Isha L’Isha” center is an open house that holds various activities throughout the year, including conferences, lectures, seminars, telephone counseling, and leadership groups. The building has an information center with a library and a diverse archival collection focused on women-related issues. These activities provide us with access and information on various issues, and help us create a space where we examine our experiences, our place and our role in society.
Our approach and principles are reflected in the different projects we have worked on over the years. These projects are aimed at changing policies, both at the municipal and national levels, in areas where oppression of different groups of women is evident.
Various projects have been established in “Isha L’Isha” over the years, including an emergency shelter, a hotline for victims of violence, a hotline for victims of women trafficking, as well as programs for women’s economic empowerment, such as “Mahut” center and “Esek Mishelach” (a business of your own). “Isha L’Isha” and its members have supported, assisted and invested in each of these projects in every possible way.
We believe in forming collaborations between different women and organizations as part of a process of learning. We also initiate and participate in national collaborative activities, including feminist conferences, demonstrations, networking, legislative development and promotion, and education campaigns.