Annual Activity Report 2017 – Isha L’Isha Haifa Feminist Center
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 dissemination of knowledge, advancing legislation, research and public events.
Established in 1983, we are the oldest grassroots feminist זorganization in Israel and one of the leading voices for
women’s rights in the country. We offer women a safe, supportive environment in which they address their needs. In
addition, Isha L’Isha works on a national level, advocating for women’s rights in a range of fields.
Our staff and activists often participate in coalitions and meetings in Parliament to provide input, and know-how from
our broad experience. We have the largest and only feminist archive and library in Israel, collecting and documenting
feminist activism in Israel from 1970 to the present, making women’s social and political contribution visible and inspire
Our current projects
Advancing the rights of: Women Without Status, Women with Disabilities, and Strengthening
an Empowered Community of Women. Our vision is a society where all women 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 to employment opportunities, education and healthcare.
Isha L’Isha is a non-hierarchical, member organization governed by a Collective and open to all women. Our members are Mizrahi and Ashkenazi
Jewish women, Palestinian women citizens of Israel, lesbian women, transgender women, women from low socio-economic backgrounds,
researchers, community leaders and activists. We have approximately 100 members, who pay dues each year. Volunteers are crucial to the organization;
they sit on the board and project steering committees where they take part in decision making and are active in the daily work of the organization. They
frequently initiate new activities, help organize demonstrations and conferences, and help facilitate our day-to-day operations. We also have a
financial committee, they meet every two months to follow up on financial aspects of the organization and give recommendations to the board.
The Quarter system
Isha L’Isha uses the “quarter system” to ensure diverse representation of voices. Women from different backgrounds – Palestinian, Mizrahi, Ashkenazi
and lesbian – are represented on our staff, board, seminar panels, project steering committees and in other activities to ensure that the unique voices of
these groups are integrated into our work in an equal way. We wish to thank all Isha L’Isha’s members – past and
present – without whom our activities would have been impossible.
Thanks for Support us
All these activities and projects would have been impossible to implement without the support of our funders. We would like to take
this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation to the foundations and individuals for their trust in our work. Thank you to:
Members and friends of Isha L’Isha, individual donors, Kvinna till Kvinna, Women’s World Day of Prayer, Haifa Municipality, The
Hadassah Foundation, Ev Arbeitskreis Kirche und Israel in Hessen und Nassau, National Council of Jewish Women and Checkpoint.
To support our work, please contact Sawsan Nashashibi, our development coordinator at: email@example.com.