Na'amat through the decades

Enhancing the Status of Women in Canada and Israel

1940s - Na'amat lobbies for more generous maternity leave laws, the creation of daycare centres near places of employment and legislation guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.

1950s - Na'amat in Canada organizes annual International Women's Day events where women from various ethnic and Canadian organizations share their thoughts about key issues of the day.

1960s - Na'amat in Canada launches a Perpetual Scholarship Fund to send financially disadvantaged Israeli women to college or university; one of the few organizations to promote post-secondary education for women.

1960s and 1970s - Na'amat Canada expands its activities across the country through participation in such organizations as the Voice of Women and the Consumers Association of Canada. Shalom receptions are held for newly-elected women members of Parliament. Petitions are circulated for the Canadian Committee for the Control of Radiation Hazards.

1980s - Na'amat Canada organizes a series of leadership seminars to encourage the bonds of sisterhood and to mould the leaders of tomorrow. Rotating Seminars continue to be planned locally, nationally, and in Israel.

1990s - Na'amat in Israel establishes two Centres for the Prevention and Treatment of Violence, including the Na'amat Canada Glickman Centre for Family Violence Prevention, a shelter for battered women in Tel Aviv. The organization also helps thousands of immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union get a new start in Israel.

Today Na'amat Canada members are successfully raising funds to support a broad spectrum of social, educational and advocacy services in Israel and Canada. We are now welcoming a third generation of Na'amat women, who have grown up with the dreams and ideals of their dedicated mothers and grandmothers.