Itach-Maaki: Access to Justice for Arab women in the Workfor...

Itach-Maaki: Access to Justice for Arab women in the Workforce

Israeli women living on the economic, geographic, ethnic and social periphery of the country are amongst the most marginalized groups in the country and share common distress criteria: they are marginalized, low wage earners whose employment and welfare rights are consistently violated and under-protected. For Arab women, the situation is even more challenging, as opportunities for employment are extremely limited and enforcement of employment laws by the authorities is almost non-existent.  Arab women often do not receive fundamental rights, such as minimum wage, pension and even official pay stubs.  

Itach-Maaki tackles these issues on diverse levels, working to assist individual women, to answer policy problems and to create changes in the systems that influence the economic viability and stability of women from Arab and Jewish marginalized groups, including the following:  

Hotline for Rights in Arabic and Hebrew, answering the needs of individual women on issues of socio-economic rights.  Our lawyers and volunteers provide information on rights and provide legal aid for women whose rights have been violated.  We serve about 1000 women annually.

Activism for and by Women includes facilitation of Arab and Jewish women who act to protect and/or advance their own economic/employment rights and to answer the needs of their communities or their peers is an important part of the social change we are aiming to create.  

Advocacy includes work in a number of fields, utilizing strategies such as media appearances, position papers, legislative proposals and cooperation with public bodies.  Following success in policy change, we work to inform women of the change in order for the policy-level change to genuinely impact the women it targets.  

In March 2013, Itach-Maaki began the implementation of a 3-year initiative, funded by the European Commission, to improve Arab women's status in the labor market and social and economic conditions, with a special focus on enforcing the minimum wage law. Partners in the project include Kav La’Oved, Kayan Feminist Organization and the Legal Rights Clinic of Tel Aviv University.

Itach-Maaki Women Lawyers for Social Justice
Itach-Maaki Women Lawyers for Social Justice is an Israeli advocacy organization working to create a society in which the needs of disenfranchised Arab and Jewish women are addressed and the voices of these women are heard in public/policy discourse.  Via legal aid, policy change, leadership training for women and public advocacy, Itach-Maaki is advancing the rights of women from marginalized groups nationwide - Arab women – including Bedouin women, single mothers, low-income working ...
Kav LaOved - Worker's Hotline
Kav LaOved Workers’ Hotline KLO is one of Israel’s leading labor rights organizations. Since 1991, KLO has worked to ensure the equal rights and protections under the law of the most marginalized communities including Palestinians, migrant workers, refugees and vulnerable Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens. Working in sectors such as Construction, Agriculture, In-Home Caregiving etc., the organization seeks to expose exploitation and ensure a safe and just working environment for all w ...
Kayan - Feminist Organization
Mission: Kayan strives toward a fully realized, nationwide Arab women’s movement and the genuine democratization of a diverse and inclusive public sphere in Israel. It promotes and defends the social, economic, and civil rights of Arab women throughout Israel; contests inequality by addressing the root causes of social exclusion and gender disparity; empowers Arab women to set their own agenda of self-actualization; and provides tools to strengthen Arab women’s leadership in local de ...
Itach-Maaki: Access to Justice for Arab women in the Workforce
3 Ahuzat Bayit, Beit Yahalom
Tel Aviv 65143
Phone: +972-3-5160103
Email: [email protected]