On Wednesday 6 March, the EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret, together with women EU Ambassadors hosted an event in Jerusalem, with women leaders from the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) community. The event was attended by Ambassadors from France, Germany, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Denmark, and Slovenia. In the first such meeting, women from the Haredi community identified their challenges and achievements in seeking women's empowerment, as well as their vision for the future.
Adv. Rebecca Schwartz, a social activist and founder of social awareness programmes for women victims, participated in the meeting and shared her views from the ultra-Orthodox community: "It is important to say this week, to every woman in the world and in every community and in every situation, that women have the power, to be who they are, to stand up themselves, to succeed and progress. In my case, it is precisely because of my religious belief that I am encouraged to be there, as women, for each other."
In addition, the EU Delegation will host an exhibition curated as part of an EU-funded project on women's rights which explores the lives of women from minorities in Israel, who can face discrimination both on grounds of gender and ethnicity. The exhibition will be hosted in the EU Delegation offices in Ramat Gan, opening 8 March. The exhibition titled In Our Voice: Racism, sexism and multiple discrimination in Israel was produced by Israeli civil society organizations Shutafot Coalition and "Achoti".
EU Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret said: "Gender Equality and the empowerment of women and girls are fundamental human rights. The EU supports equality in all aspects of life: access to education, equal pay for equal work, access to top positions in companies, government and public administration as well as elimination of gender based violence. This is true for all women, no matter which part of society they come from. In Israel, we support local projects that encourage women's leadership in the community, social justice, education and promote rights of disadvantaged women in society. This Women's Day we celebrate our achievements, and commit to never stop fighting for true equality for all."