Who we are

Established in 2012, Shutafot (“Partners”) is a multi-cultural coalition of eight leading women's organizations, dedicated to gender justice and economic equality. Together we have embarked on an innovative and remarkable new model of partnership, harnessing the individual power of each organization but working together in order to impact long-term, sustainable solutions for women living in Israel. Serving as a platform of organizations, directors, staff, activists, and volunteers, we cooperate to diversify the perspectives and increase impact. The main shifts we seek to achieve are changes in policy and in public engagement in practical feminism. We believe that these methods have the greatest potential to generate social and economic change, on behalf of all women in Israeli society, with special focus on women on the margins, including Arab women, Mizrachi-Jewish women, Women of Russian and Ethiopian decent, the elderly, and women with disabilities.

Our goals

* To establish the Shutafot Coalition as a leading voice in the field of women's rights in Israel.

* To promote policies that advocate gender justice and equality, specifically economic and employment equality, by bringing these issues to the forefront of the Israeli public's consciousness, and to the attention of the media and decision-makers

* To strengthen our existing partnerships and build collaborations with additional organizations and actors in the feminist field, nationally and internationally

Some Projects

* Promoting women-owned businesses: Small women-owned businesses face immense challenges in the Israeli market, which discourage many women from taking the chance on entrepreneurship. From gender discrimination in taking out bank loans to impossible chances of winning public sector tenders, the market is almost hostile toward women-owned small businesses. Our projects focus on changing three fundamental conditions that will enable more women to participate in this harsh economy: legislative advancements to favor women-owned businesses in public tenders; training business owners to improve competitiveness and confidence; and encouraging the wider public to support women-owned businesses.

* Double Discrimination: Most women in Israel define themselves through multiple identities, which on the one hand creates a rich diverse society and culture, but on the other causes many of them suffer from deeper layers of discrimination. Being an Arab woman, a Mizrahi woman, an Ethiopian woman – brings about a completely different life experience and multiple expressions of marginalization and lack of opportunity. Curating the testimonies of these women and shedding a light on their stories is the first step to achieving acknowledgement of the roots of gender and race discrimination in Israel, and attempting to eliminate them. This project focuses on these women and telling their stories, defining their needs, and addressing their rights.

* Women in care-taking professions: In Israel, women in the work market are focused in ten professions, most of which are care-taking professions such as education, nursing and social work. This, as opposed to the men, who are disbursed in a much larger variety of professions. Naturally, we see what is called the “pink collar” process taking place – the more feminized a certain profession becomes, the less its professionals will be compensated, and its prestige diminished. The “Occupational Segregation” is one of the leading factors in the gender pay gap, as well as many other effects it has on gender equality and social, economic and cultural roles women play. Addressing the issues through the care-taking profession lens allows us to target multiple types of discrimination while positively impacting the largest groups of women in the workforce.