Over the past years there has been an increased response by both the government and private sector to the developing public discourse on issues facing Arab citizens of Israel and Jewish Arab relations within Israel. Join leading experts in discussions on Civil Society Efforts to Foster Peace in Israel: What You Need to Know and Shared Society Efforts within Israel: Economic Development, Women’s Issues, and Education.
Sikkuy - The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality is holding a seminar, New Strategies for Advancing Equality and Shared Society for Arab and Jewish Citizens in Israel, on April 29th. See the flyer below for more information and click the link to register.
Join us at the Washington Film Festival for an in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel in The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel. The event will feature the deeply moving documentary In Her Footsteps, short films produced by Israeli high schools, and an in-depth discussion about Bedouin society within Israel.
Over the past two decades, the status of Arab women—a "minority within a minority" and one of the most disadvantaged groups in Israel—has improved considerably. This is evident in both macro changes, such as significantly improved participation and achievement in higher education, and in instances of Arab women across Israel advocating for themselves and undertaking certain leadership and professional roles for the first time.
The patriarchal structure of Arab society and the minority status of Arab women impact the demographic in a number of difficult ways, such as low employment rates (35% compared to the national average of 80%), fewer women in leadership roles, over-representation in low-skilled and low-wage labor, instances of violence against women (with over 2,000 men serving time for violence against Arab women as of 2016), and polygamy, especially among the Negev Bedouin.