Waving red signs that read "Enough Violence!" and "You are Not Alone!" and carrying symbolic coffins bearing the names of the 24 women murdered in Israel this year alone, hundreds gathered outside WIZO's Tel Aviv headquarters on December 4th to show solidarity for victims of domestic violence and then took to the streets in WIZO's protest march against the government’s lack of action concerning murder of women and violence in the family.
Left to right: Eti Burkin - Chairperson of WIZO's Division for the Advancement of the Status of Women, Prof. Rivka Lazovsky - Chairperson of World WIZO, Gila Oshrat - Chairperson of WIZO Israel, MK Karin Elharar, MK Yael German
Participants in the protest march, which was part of a national day of protests across Israel, included MKs Karin Elharar, Leah Fadida and Yael German - legislators known for their championing of women's rights in the knesset, World WIZO Chairperson Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, WIZO Israel Chairperson Gila Oshrat, members of the WIZO Executive, WIZO volunteers, staff, and Tel Aviv residents. They were joined by family members of female murder victims from past years, who held up photos of their murdered loved ones throughout the march. The protest marched through downtown Tel Aviv, making a stop at the Tel Aviv Courthouse and culminated at Rabin Square.
A bereaved father speaks at the rally before the WIZO protest march as his wife holds up a photo of their teenage daughter who was murdered
The protesters demanded that the government allocate the 250 million shekels ($67 million) that it approved last year for a program to prevent violence against women.
"24 women have been murdered this year alone!" World WIZO Chairperson Prof. Rivka Lazovsky said at the rally prior to the march. "WIZO demands that the government act now, before more women are murdered."
Protesters carry symbolic coffins bearing the names of the 24 women murdered in Israel this year
"Today we went out to the streets to cry out for the victims, together with their orphaned families," Prof. Lazovsky said at the conclusion of the protest march. "The growing violence against women is worsening and we must act immediately to eradicate this phenomenon. We must do all we can so no more woman will become part of the cycle of violence and be added to the long list of murdered women. We call on the government to immediately implement the National Plan to Combat Violence against Women, which has already been approved by the government and has not yet been budgeted. Thank you to the general public and to the entire WIZO organization that added their voices to this march so that together we can bring about change and cause the government to deal with this difficult phenomenon. "
The protesters at Rabin Square
Photo Credits: Paz Bar