On 30 May 2023, The Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality chaired by MK Pnina Tamano-Shata, held a discussion promoted by Zulat about the employment among Arab women.
Adv.Shirin Batshon presented a policy paper to committee members written with the Zulat Steering committee including Prof. Nihaya Daoud and Dr. Raghda Alnabilsy. The topic: “Main Barriers of employment of Arab women in Israel: Public Transportaion and Day Care Centers”.
Adv. Batshon said:
“Today 40% of the Arab Women population are part of the employment work force in Israel.
The Five year plan for the Arab population set its aim at 46.3% and even if this goal is reached Arab working women would be at the bottom of the employment scale with the gaps between Jewish working women widening.
We see a problem in regulation of the issues defined in the plan. These are accepted and fiinance resources are defined, but depend on the goodwill of governments which can cancel these rights. Many aspects of the plan are not implemented.
The root of the problem is inherint in structural and political barriers, shown mainly in public transportation and lack of day care centers for children. A good proportion of the ideas of the plan place Arab women in professions on the lower scale without any opportunity of breaking the the glass ceiling .
Zulat recommends working towards rulings ensuring equal opportunities for Arab women, with organized supervision instigating a committee to promote equality in public transport”.
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