We Keep Running, but Are We Getting 'Somewhere Else?': Women in Israel in 2010. a Shadow Report Submitted to the Beijing +15 Conference

Ash Kurlander, Y. (2010). We Keep Running, But Are We Getting “Somewhere Else?”: Women in Israel in 2010. A Shadow Report Submitted to the Beijing +15 Conference. IWN: Ramat Gan

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Yahel Kurlander

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law; Tel-Hai College

Date Written: August 26, 2010

Abstract

This report examines many issues significant to women in Israel in 2010, painting a picture of their status and the covert and overt discrimination against women. The report’s title, We Keep Running, but Are We Getting “Somewhere Else”, reflects the essential condition of Israeli women today. Changes, improvement and a great deal of work is being undertaken by civil society organizations and State authorities to prevent discrimination and promote women, but they are declarative for the most part and mostly ineffective. While the law prohibits paying men and women different wages for the same work, women earn 36% less than men. This example is especially poignant given that women are more educated than men, yet consistently earn less than men do. This is nothing short of scandalous in Israel of 2010. There are also cases in which discrimination is anchored by law or deeply rooted, such as personal status laws controlled by religious law which structurally harm women. Attempts to change these laws and practices stand few chances of success. There are groups of women in Israel who are hurt twofold either because they are affiliated with a minority group or due of their life circumstances. Significant examples include Arab women, refugee women and women in prostitution. Arab women suffer from structural discrimination because of their sex and their national affiliation. The high percentage of Muslim female minors wed attests to the low status of Arab women (when compared to Jewish female minors wed: more than twice the number of Muslim female minors, and among minors aged 16-17 four times). Most cases of polygamy were noted among Muslims (estimated at 20-36%), as well as high poverty rates - 11.4% of Arab women were unemployed, compared with 6.1% of Jewish women and 42% worked part-time, compared with 37.5% of Jewish women. Arab women, as other women in minority groups in Israel, are more exposed to gender-based homicide; in 2006 Arab women were the victims of half the cases of gender-based homicide. This report is submitted to the World Conference on Women, Beijing +15 and its goal is to inform United Nation members on the manners in which Israel has implemented the Beijing Declaration and curbed discrimination against women. International pressure has proved successful in the past, such as in the struggle against trafficking in women in Israel, and we hope that this report will serve as infrastructure for international pressure to eliminate discrimination and promote women in Israel.

Keywords: Israel, women

Suggested Citation

Kurlander, Yahel, We Keep Running, but Are We Getting 'Somewhere Else?': Women in Israel in 2010. a Shadow Report Submitted to the Beijing +15 Conference (August 26, 2010). Ash Kurlander, Y. (2010). We Keep Running, But Are We Getting “Somewhere Else?”: Women in Israel in 2010. A Shadow Report Submitted to the Beijing +15 Conference. IWN: Ramat Gan, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3911950 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3911950

Yahel Kurlander (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law ( email )

Ramat Aviv
Tel Aviv, 69978
Israel

Tel-Hai College ( email )

Israel

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