Earlier today, the Israeli Knesset's Committee on Gender Equality held a special meeting to mark the publication of the 2015 Gender Index, published by Foundation Grantee WIPS – Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Sphere, a feminist think tank and applied research institute housed at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.  The Hadassah Foundation has supported the Index for the past three years. 


MK Aida Touma, the first Arab woman to Chair a Knesset Committee (and the executive director of a former Foundation grantee, Women Against Violence) opened the session with words of appreciation for WIPS and its co-founders, Professors Naomi Chazan and Hannah Herzog, for initiating and publishing the first comprehensive gender index measuring gender inequality in Israel across 11 domains, using 56 different indicators. 


The Index, published for the third year, is a valuable source of data and information about the presistant gender gaps in Israel, and is used by policy and decision makers and government officials to inform policies, legislation and enforcement.  The key findings show that while women have made major strides and have greater access to higher education, the gaps between women and men—especially gaps in employment and pay–remain steady accross most domains.
You can read more about the Gender Index here.