Every year WIZO marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, an internationally recognized day of reflection and social action, established in 1999 by the United Nations.
Here is a summary of WIZO's projects and events for the 2017 Intl. Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This year WIZO Israel chose to focus on the theme of: children exposed to domestic violence between their parents.
WIZO marks The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Statistics from WIZO 2017 Violence Report
- 17 women murdered by their husbands/partners or a family member
- 12,000 women have been treated for abuse in battered women's centers across Israel.
- Half a million children are exposed to violence - less than half a percent of them are treated
- Of the 103 centers for the treatment and prevention of domestic violence, only 20 are childcare workers
- About 1,500 babies a year are born into a violent reality when they go into the world
- One of every three children (37%) was exposed or exposed to violence at home
- 987 children being treated in violence prevention centers
WIZO Israel Conference
On November 22nd, WIZO Israel's Division for the Advancement of the Status of Women held a conference on the subject of children exposed to domestic violence.
The ceremony was held with the participation of the Minister of Welfare, Haim Katz. The ceremony began in a memorial service honoring the women who were murdered in the past year. Leading experts and professionals in the field from Israel took part at the conference's panels and lectures.
Prof. Rivka Lazovsky's Speech from the conference
Behind Closed Doors
At the end of the conference WIZO Israel unveiled a new film "Behind Closed Doors", produced by the Division for the Advancement of the Status of Women in WIZO and sponsored by WIZO USA, was screened - a first documentary film of its kind in Israel that follows four youngsters who share their childhood experience in a violent home and their personal story of exiting the cycle of violence retrospectively: 3 of the children were treated as part of a WIZO shelter and center for violence prevention. Starting in November, the film/workshop package will be implemented in schools, youth movements and youth centers across Israel.
Behind Closed Doors promo
Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon, visited a WIZO battered women's shelter
Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon, visited WIZO's Gina Fromer Battered Women's Shelter on November 22nd. At the shelter he met and spoke with children and several women receiving its services. "I have always said that the men are the ones who need to be in the shelter and not the women, but apparently it will take time, I do not see any reason why you and your children should be here and the abusers can remain outside." The shelter he visited was recently renovated through the generosity of WIZO USA and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.