WIZOUK is the founding member of an international women’s movement with over 250,000 supporters in 50 countries, which raises funds to support over 800 social welfare and educational projects in Israel. In addition, WIZO campaigns for the advancement of women in society and on issues of human rights. WIZO is a recognised NGO by the UN, and has consultative status on ESOCOC and UNICEF. WIZO’s goal is to provide services to the entirety of Israeli society, regardless of religion, race, or gender. Various services are provided for Arab citizens of Israel, helping to promote a democratic society based upon friendly relations, understanding, responsibility and equal opportunity.
WIZOUK‘s Rainbow House in Haifa provides vocational training in beauty therapy and is combined with enrichment activities for Arab women and self-assertiveness training. Furthermore, Day Care Centres and Youth Clubs supported by WIZOUK welcome all children, including those from minority communities. WIZOUK raises funds to support projects across Israel that serve all communities regardless of population group and religion.
At its annual dinner, WIZOUK brought Khaled Tawafra, an Arab citizen of Israel from WIZO’s Rebecca Sieff vocational training school. Loraine Warren, president of WIZOUK said, “At WIZO, we recognise the power of food and cooking, both to inspire individuals to whom life has dealt a tough hand, and to break down cultural barriers which keep society apart. We hope this event will not only provide food lovers with a new found curiosity for Israeli food but also encourage social cohesion and acceptance.”
26 February 2017
A Jewish women’s group called off an exhibition in Rio after a set of paintings by 35 Israeli women – Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze – was stolen.
“We are totally overwhelmed. It’s a feeling of impunity, a lack of security from all sides,” Silene Balassiano, president of the Brazilian arm of the Women’s International Zionist Organization, or WIZO, told JTA.
4 July 2016
Dr Nof Atmana-Ismaeel, the Arab micro-biologist who won Israeli MasterChef in 2014, visited London as a guest of the UK Task Force on issues relating
16 July 2015
To the sounds of contemporary Arab music, five models in tailored suits appeared on the runway one after the other. The suits resembled the traditional British style, but featured clever changes that connected them to another culture and offered a new version.
24 June 2015
WIZO (Women's International Zionist Organisation) and AJEEC-NISPED (Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation-Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development) have partnered together to enhance telephone counselling services for Arab families in Israel. In 2006, WIZO started a hotline for parents of early-age children, who often need advice which is not always provided from within their communities. WIZOUK, a coalition member of the UK Task Force, is fundraising for the project.