Israel shows no tolerance for violence against women
WIZO chair: domestic abuse is "social terrorism" • Tel Aviv rally attendees call to stop cycle of violence
By TAMAR BEERI
NOVEMBER 25, 2019 21:09
A protester holding an "Abuse isn't Love" sign at a protest against violence against women in Tel Aviv
(photo credit: TAMAR BEERI)
Israel showed its support for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women as thousands took to the streets to rally against this “social terrorism.”Tel Aviv hosted a rally filled with thousands of protesters, calling for immediate reforms when addressing violence against women, with calls to “blame the rapist” and “the government is apathetic to violence against women.”
WIZO held a conference on Monday titled “Trapped Online,” dedicated to looking into the new realm of “cyber” when it comes to domestic abuse and violence against women in the computer age.Speaking to The Jerusalem Post after the conference, WIZO Israel chairwoman Ora Korazim called domestic abuse a form of “social terrorism.”“Hundreds of thousands of people are in this cycle of violence and live in fear with their children every single day,” she said. “These children grow up with so many scars, and quite a few of them, statistically speaking, [end up becoming abusers themselves].”
Korazim explained that the key to finding a solution for violence against women is sharing. “The fact that, on average, 60 reports are made per day [to the WIZO domestic abuse hotline, indicates] that women are less frightened and more aware of what violence is... this shows a change in the right direction, but there’s still a long way to go.”
Korazim was referring to newly-released statistics, revealing that the WIZO domestic abuse hotline received a staggering 70% boost in domestic abuse reports, although there are no more cases than previous years. "Perhaps this #MeToo era brought along a sense of sharing, but it's important to remember that when one person shares with her friend, it's still her friend, it is not a professional, and to make a change, women must receive help from professionals."
Korazim also spoke out against the Knesset, which passed legislation in 2017 for a program that would deal with domestic abuse and violence against women, but which was never implemented due to lack of funding. It was announced on Monday that the program will be delayed by two more years, with the end goal being set for 2024.
“I ask the government to promote this plan and to join us: to do the right thing to prevent the entire subject of domestic violence,” she said. “We must work together to do this in a number of fields: in welfare, education, legislation, etc.”
The Knesset nevertheless held events throughout the day to promote the internationally-recognized day, which was implemented by the United Nations, involving a moment of silence for the 13 women murdered this year in acts of domestic violence.
The Knesset events were "nice, but it is not enough," according to Korazim. "We need the help [of the government]. We must give the education, funding, and treatment necessary."
The State of Israel showed country-wide support for the day of recognition, with many of the most prominent buildings in the skyline lit up in red in memory of the women killed in acts of violence.
The Sami Ofer Stadium in Haifa, the Beersheba municipality building, the Meitarim Bridge in Jerusalem and several other landmarks shone bright red on Monday night.
The Tel Aviv municipality building was lit up, as well, and displayed an art exhibit consisting of original outfits owned and worn by women who were killed in acts of violence carried out by their partners or spouses.
The exhibit, titled She’s Gone, was put together by artist Keren Goldstein Yehezkeli, who said that the work seeks to “loudly protest” the circle of violence that some women experience at home with no foreseeable end in sight.
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Israel lights up in red to combat violence against women
"Violence against women and domestic abuse are not [only] women's problems," said WIZO Israel Chairman Ora Korazim.
By TAMAR BEERI
NOVEMBER 25, 2019 16:04
Chords Bridge in Jerusalem is lit in red to mark the need to fight violence against women
(photo credit: TAMIR HAION)
Dozens of public buildings, fixed into the minds of those who have seen the Israeli skyline, were lit up in red on Sunday and will continue to be on Monday as well, in honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, as outlined by the United Nations.
The campaign, organized by WIZO Israel, had the red lights, which are in recognition of the terrible fate of so many women, placed on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality building, the Sami Ofer Stadium in Haifa, the Beersheba municipality building, the Meitarim Bridge in Jerusalem and several other landmarks.
"Violence against women and domestic abuse are not women's problems," said WIZO Israel chairwoman Ora Korazim. "It is a broad societal problem, which the entire public should battle without exception, and the government must allocate the resources necessary to address it.
"The WIZO campaign aims to bring a spotlight to the issue and raise public awareness of violence against women, to eradicate the phenomenon, and for women to notice the 'red lights' – signs and behavioral patterns that may indicate problematic and even dangerous behavior towards them from their partners," she explained.
The UN campaign which led to the day of recognition recognizes violence against women as "one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today."
The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality, besides adorning itself in red lights, displayed the original clothing of women who were killed by their partners or spouses as part of an exhibit in the entrance hall to the building.
Israelis rally on Int'l Day to End Violence against Women
November 25, 2019, 12:48 PM - latest revision November 25, 2019, 05:50 PM
Women protest in Tel Aviv for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25, 2019
WIZO in Israel has helped organize a rally on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square
Rallies were held worldwide on November 25 for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, designated by the United Nations General Assembly.
A campaign by the UN Women organization spotlights violence against women as "one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today," inspiring states to lead their own movements, such as the Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO) in Israel.
According to the WIZO violence data index, in 2018 there were 3,114 calls related to domestic violence received by Israel's Ministry of Social Welfare's assistance line -- a 70% increase over the number of referrals in the previous year, which stood at 1,830.
The WIZO Counseling and Assistance Line for Men in the Violence Circle has seen even more drastic increases, with 1,000 applications being received in 2018, double that of 2017.
Red lights shined on Sunday in honor of the campaign, staying lit into Monday throughout different sites across Israel's landscape.
In Tel Aviv's Habima Square, women arrived Monday holding signs that read, "He smiled in your blood" and placards displaying red painted hourglasses, while others were sprawled on the ground splattered with red paint.
"Violence against women and domestic abuse are not women's problems," said WIZO Israel Chairman Ora Korazim. "It is a broad societal problem which the entire public should battle without exception, and the government must allocate the resources necessary to address it."
"Women's protest" movement in Israel
"The WIZO campaign aims to bring a spotlight to the issue and raise public awareness to violence against women, to eradicate the phenomenon, and for women to notice the 'red lights' — signs and behavioral patterns that may indicate problematic and even dangerous behavior towards them from their partners," she explained.
A rally to raise awareness of violence against women and domestic abuse is scheduled for Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.
See the full article on i24 here: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/1574678919-israelis-rally-on-int-l-day-to-end-violence-against-women