On International Women’s Day, Israel put into effect some measures to increase the number of women in the Israeli municipal government. Currently at 12 percent, these recommendations from the Committee to Prevent the Exclusion of Women are aimed at balancing the number of women to men within the political stratosphere. These measures include:
* The Civil Service Commission issued directives against the exclusion of women at government and state ceremonies.
* The Transportation and Road Safety Ministry opened a hotline to deal with instances of women being excluded on public transportation. The ministry will require transportation companies to post signs banning such exclusion.
* The Religious Services Ministry will instruct burial societies, the Chief Rabbinate and religious councils to ban preventing women from participating in eulogies and the burial of loved ones.
* The Justice Ministry will evaluate instances in which women have been restricted in media subject to regulation.
* The Israel Police will step up enforcement regarding offenses against women.
Israel is taking a much-needed step towards including women in the public decision-making. With Egypt to the west, Syria to the northeast, and Saudi Arabia to the southeast, it is important that Israel continue to make strides towards gender equality as they did this past International Women’s Day.
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