On International Women’s Day last March, WIZO and Wikimedia launched a joint project to write 150 new Wikipedia entries on women considered to be trailblazers in Israeli society.
Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of the World WIZO Executive, considers it important to increase the number of entries about prominent women and publish information on their unique endeavors. “The more prominent, influential women we bring to the public’s attention, the more women will believe in their ability to make a difference. Women covered by this project hold key positions in finance, education and security in Israel and their work should be a source of inspiration to many others, especially young women. These pioneers make it possible to bring about changes in society that will promote gender equality in all areas of activity.”
Students at WIZO schools and youth villages played an active role in drafting the entries and one such woman they chose to write about was Prof. Mally Shechory-Biton, Deputy Rector of Ariel University and a well-known lecturer in Criminology. Her entry was written by two 10th grade students at Nir Ha’emek Youth Village, Danielle Rosin and Noy Kunda, supervised by teacher Yoram Tzion.
A seminar held at Nir Ha’emek Youth Village on June 22, 2015 was visited by Prof. Shechory-Biton together with Prof. Lazovsky. An exciting encounter with the authors of Prof. Shechory-Biton’s entry ensued, along with their teacher, Esti Cohen, Head of the Youth Village, and Moshe Bittman of WIZO’s Education Department. The students explained that despite end-of-year demands and exam pressure they had chosen to undertake the Wikipedia entry, seeing it as an intellectual and academic challenge. They commented that Prof. Shechory-Biton’s warm and friendly attitude had helped them in the necessary research and writing.