Israel was one of the first countries in the world to understand that women in leadership positions result in a strong, egalitarian society.
Communicated by Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau
Today (Tuesday, March 8) the world commemorated International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is about equal access to education, training, science and technology. In honor of the day, Deputy FM Danny Ayalon conducted a special seminar where ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic corps met with female naval and air force officers to learn about the successful integration of women in a system that is still considered a province of males. Immediately afterwards, a panel was held at the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center in Haifa. Participants in the panel included DFM Ayalon; Ms. Rina Bar-Tal, Chair of the Women’s Lobby in Israel; Ms. Mazal Renford, Director of the Carmel Center; and MK Orit Zoaretz, Chair of the Knesset Lobby for the Integration and Promotion of Women and Mothers in the Workforce.
In his address, DFM Ayalon said, “Israel, as a member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, actively promotes women’s issues in the international arena. Israel expresses regret and disappointment at Iran’s joining the Committee, in light of the Iranian regime’s repression of human rights in general and of women in particular. Iran’s membership on the Committee detracts from its legitimacy.
“Israel was one of the first countries in the world to understand that women in leadership positions result in a strong, egalitarian society. Already 50 years ago, the Israeli Foreign Ministry founded the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center, to give women in developing countries the tools of leadership. The empowerment of women from all over the world strengthens the foundations of democracy and solidarity in those countries and reinforces Israel’s image as an enlightened, pluralistic and egalitarian state.
“I am proud to represent the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was the first in the world to establish such a center. There remains much to be done to remove the obstacles standing in the way of women’s advancement and integration in Israel and in the world, and I, as Deputy Foreign Minister, and the ministry I serve, are doing, and will do, everything possible to remove these barriers.”
Background on the Carmel Center:
The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center is one of the oldest branches of the Foreign Ministry’s MASHAV (Israel’s National Agency for International Cooperation) and the first to place the issue of gender equality on the international agenda. The Center contributes to the empowerment of women by training them in areas essential to development in their respective countries. The Center offers training courses for women from development countries, to encourage their involvement in public life and by so doing to increase the contribution of women to the social and economic development in their countries. As of today, the Center has trained more than 15,000 women in 147 states in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the CIS and Eastern Europe.