Women for women - the heart of WIZO
Since its inception, the women of WIZO have stood for women’s rights and helped women in all echelons of society. Adapting to emergent needs, our social efforts today specifically target women living with violence, single mothers and teenage girls at risk all while developing young vibrant social women leaders.
Our main goals:
- To empower women across Israel.
- To raise the numbers of women in positions of power and influence.
- To promote policies and legislation that aim to achieve gender equality.
- To reduce violence in Israeli society.
To reach these goals WIZO operates the following:
Empowerment & Leadership for Women and Girls. WIZO runs programs for single mothers, battered women and girls at risk in difficult situations. These programs empower them to lead independent and stable lives.
On the other end of the spectrum, WIZO holds courses and workshops in community leadership and politics for those who exhibit leadership qualities and ambitions. Through these courses, women and girls develop their skills and bring improvements to their communities.
Legal Aid and Advice. WIZO offers legal aid and advice in WIZO branches, in online forums, and through a help line, all staffed by volunteer professionals. Areas of advice include sexual harassment, rights of women at work, and family law.
Legislation and Policy. Since the first Knesset, WIZO has had a representative on various government committees.
WIZO continues to play a significant role in discussions, initiatives and legislation, which impacts the status of women and women's rights to this day.
Reducing and Treating Domestic Violence. WIZO runs two battered women’s shelters in a protected and secluded environment for women and their children and prepares them for independent and violence free lives. WIZO also operates centers for the prevention of violence where families come for treatment while staying together and a help line for violent men seeking assistance.