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Solidarity and women’s empowerment: Seminar – Female Citizens for Equality

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“We started watching a film called “Made in Dagenham” about the struggle of women in  the Ford car factory during the late 60’s in England” | cc: youtube

Shir Shimony on a Winter meeting of RHR and Sapir college academic program Female Citizens for Peace. The meeting raised difficult questions about gender equality.

On a surprisingly rainy Thursday, 20 Bedouin and Jewish women met in the community center of Tel Sheva. We met for a one- day seminar as a part of the course “female citizens for equality” – an academic program of Rabbis for Human Rights and Sapir College. Outside the wind was blistering, but inside the community center of Tel Sheva the atmosphere was intimate and warm. For over a month the group did not meet because of the semester break, and it was not possible to start such a day without hugging and catching up. What’s new, and how are things at home, what are you workin on at the moment, and maybe we could cooperate?

Made In Dagenham – Official Trailer

We started watching a film called “Made in Dagenham” about the struggle of women in  the Ford car factory during the late 60’s in England. The film is about the female workers’ demand to receive equal payment to that of the men working in the factory. The film brought up new-old question regarding equality and how it’s supposed to look like; is the solution constitutional; where do you need to change things and demand equal attitude towards both women and men?

Flowing From the Discourse

We continued the day with a generous lunch made by Sachar, one of the Bedouin students in the group, who turned her uncle’s house into the hosting place for “female citizens for equality”. Afterwards, we had a workshop guided by Lea Shakdiel. The workshop summed up the first semester of the Gender and Nationality course. Female representation, ideals, dilemmas, religion and state, demanded the women’s attention and recognition. The women negotiated within themselves, and the continuation of the discussion will happen between them throughout the next semester and will be the end of a semester project that will be handed over to Lea.

On a surprisingly rainy day we came together to re-polish burning topics that are being forgotten and fading through the daily routine. With the presence of 20 unique and strong students who connect with each other through solidarity and women’s empowerment, they seem to be reaching something different and new. We look forward to the continuation of the process and the development of the students’ social projects, and wish our work to be the result of intimate, fruitful discussion.

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