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דף הביתדיווח מ.א.נ.י. ינואר-אפריל 2020
 
דיווח מ.א.נ.י. ינואר-אפריל 2020
 
דיווח מ.א.נ.י. ינואר-אפריל 2020

Report of CWOI – The Council of Women's Organizations in Israel – January/April 2020
The writing of this report during a difficult period of confinement and social isolation is a real challenge, as it is for many NCs in various parts of the globe facing the same crisis as a consequence of the Corona Virus.
During the months of January and February, CWOI continued with its activities on a regular basis regarding topics of concern, such as the inclusion of women in all spheres of the society – public zones, the workforce, the cultural arena, sports and leisure, academia, the public service sector, and at the decision-making level.
However, the current health crisis has forced us "to think outside the box"… Indeed, it has given us the opportunity to realize how ordinary citizens, civil organizations and especially women's organizations can play a central role in the face of crisis and recovery from wide-scale disasters, providing they possess the appropriate concepts and tools. In this context, it should be stressed that Israel is itself, unfortunately, a living laboratory for research and practice in coping with stress, crisis and trauma. Despite then the fact that our society is more disaster-conscious and prepared than most, through lessons learnt and approaches honed over decades of real-life challenges, the period we are now living in is something totally new, and one which forces us to apply new solutions and approaches, based on national unity, voluntarism and readiness to help.
Aside from the governmental reaction in the matter, a unique operational model in the crisis is the Israeli network of local resilience centres coordinated by the Israel Trauma Coalition; and which model prepares municipalities for crises and helps them to cope with emergency situations in real time. It combines clinical response to individual psycho-trauma, team training and support for care-giving volunteers and professionals, as too the coordination of emergency response plans in partnership with central and local government authorities.
It goes therefore without saying that CWOI is today mainly engaged in the gendered response to COVID 19 emergency measures and its impact on women. However, the greater challenge we are facing today is a response to another pandemic – violence against women which has become more and more acute as a consequence of the current crisis. Accordingly, CWOI has taken an immediate action to call for a global coalition and whose initial phase focused on raising more awareness and responding to immediate women needs: programs and services like emergency shelters, transitional housing, socio and physical care and emergency services, including deliveries of food and essential supplies for vulnerable women who had been forced to leave their home together with their children, in trying to free themselves from domestic violence.
Another current big problem is the rate of unemployed women who, due to the closure of their place of work, have now found themselves without any revenue…The problem of single mothers and pregnant women in this issue is even more acute and has necessitated a prompt reaction. We are proud to point out that CWOI President, Oshrit Sitbon, together with the Wizo Chairwoman, Ora Corazim, and leaders of other women's organizations, together with the help of some parliamentarians, have managed to avoid the firing of pregnant women as a direct consequence of the economic crisis resulting from the virus confinement of the majority of the population.
Let us conclude with a kind initiative of the CWOI President - offering hundreds of plants, as a gesture of appreciation, to the medical staff, caregivers, frontline health care workers, who are struggling days and nights to save lives, in this period of deep crisis, often at a great risk to their own health. Such gesture is just a small token of gratitude, showing that unity and empathy can make a difference for the benefit of the whole population.
Hoping then to go back to our regular activities very soon, and wishing all the best to our sisters around the world,
Mazal Renford & Aviva Kohlman