Way before the MeToo and TimesUp movements, Na'amat was pioneering how women could work with men in equality and harmony, and help other women improve their families and society.
In those early years, Na'amat was called Pioneer Women. Their members were out in the fields, factories and communal kitchens, building better lives for women in Israel, even before it was a state. Golda Meir was one of its first founders and her vitality and courage live on in modern-day Na'amat - derived from the Hebrew acronym meaning Movement of Working Women and Volunteers.
Today, nearly 100 years later, Na'amat is the largest women's movement in Israel, setting the example in uplifting human rights for thousands of members in nine other countries, including chapters across Canada.
We don't just support our peers with fun social gatherings and fundraising. Many of us get to meet the women and families we help on their own turf, whether at the renowned Glickman Centre for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in Israel, or at women's shelters across Canada when we deliver school supplies for their children.
We've been to vocational schools in Israel talking to teens who might have turned to crime if not for Na'amat, and to feasts prepared by Druze women thankful for the support of our womens' rights' centres. And, some of us even get to toss a wedge of earth at ground-breaking ceremonies for Na'amat's growing network of daycare centres, now at 200-plus.
Our members all have different viewpoints and talents. But we all share a wonder at the dedication of Na'amat's staff and volunteers, and pride in being part of this international sisterhood. Won't you join us!
We’re more than Daycares
Na'amat is the largest women's movement in Israel, setting the example in uplifting human rights for thousands of members in nine other countries, including chapters across Canada.
Many people know us for the daycares that we run in Israel, but we contribute more. In Israel we support:
- Daycares - around 200 - including 24 extended services daycares for at-risk children -
- Technological and Agricultural High Schools 18 – including 8 in the Jewish Sector and 8 in the Arab Sector
- University Scholarships - 190 Scholarships and 8 Ph.D. Grants (4 in Gender Studies, 4 in Science) each year
- Na’amat Canada Glickman Centre for Family Violence Prevention – housing 50 abused women and their children at any time; plus an additional 1000 men and women in the Open Counselling Section each year
- Legal Aid Bureaus (25 locations) and Women’s Rights Centres (5 locations) – providing aid to 8000 women each year
- Health Care Centres & Health and Empowerment Centres - 2
Watch this short video (in Hebrew with English subtitles) to hear directly from some of the people we help.
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