NCJW’s Israel Granting Program seeks to improve the lives of women, children and families throughout Israel. The organizations and projects we fund advance women’s empowerment and gender equality, and strengthen shared society and democracy in Israel.
Thanks to donations from individuals and NCJW sections, we have allotted funding in 2022 to the following organizations making critical change.
Project: Training Bedouin women of the Negev in early childhood education.
This project aims to develop Bedouin women’s human capital in the field of early childhood and thus advance their economic participation in the working world and social standing within their communities; to narrow an essential service gap for children where risk factors are more widespread; and to strengthen the Bedouin community’s confidence to access early childhood services which will yield positive outcomes for child social, cognitive and emotional development.
Project: Providing sexual health and reproductive care to women without permanent legal status in the Tel Aviv/Yafo area.
This project will enable provision of prenatal care, birth control, gynaecological care, abortion, and support groups for pregnancy loss and fertility challenges to thousands of women living in Israel without legal status, including asylum seekers, work migrants, Palestinians who are persecuted due to their sexual orientation, and others. Although some of these populations are protected from expulsion, many live in Israel with very limited access to basic public services, including healthcare. Among these marginalized communities, women are especially exposed to mistreatment and neglect.
Project: Training underrepresented women, 50% with disabilities, to run for municipal office in Haifa.
With a focus on the local municipal elections of 2023, this project will provide training and support to a diverse group of women leaders from marginalized communities (that may include but are not limited to women who are Mizrahi, Russian-speaking, Ethiopian-Israeli, youth, LGBTQI+, and Palestinian citizens of Israel.) 50% of this cohort will be disabled women. Women leaders will engage community members, mobilizing them to get involved in the electoral process and achieve a critical mass to elect more women with disabilities to be part of the Haifa municipality as elected members, setting the stage for a shift in policies.