Knesset member Michal Rozin (Meretz), who initiated the celebration of International Women`s Day at the Knesset: We, the members of the Knesset, must prove that at least, here, at the Knesset, there`s a save environment for women.

Limor Livnat, Culture and Sports Minister: Looking forward to working with the female members of Knesset on behalf of women of Israel.

Speaker of Knesset, Binyamin (Fouad) Ben-Eliezer opened the debate for Women`s Day with the words: ”Many women suffer from disrespect to their position and from exclusion and are mistreated at their work places. The data of the Central Bureau of Statistics indicates differences in salary between men and women. Government offices and the entire public sector should be an example and a model of equality between the genders.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Law forbids discrimination based on gender at a work place. Data shows this law is not fully implemented. We, as elected officials cannot accept this situation. The Nineteenth Knesset has a record number of women in it – 27. We must take advantage of the Knesset activity to have more women in key positions in the government and the Knesset. We must be a symbol of equality between genders. The struggle for true equality takes place 365 days a year, and not just on one day. This struggle has not yet ended and it is our duty to carry on and work for it.”

Michal Rozin (Meretz), who initiated the celebration of International Women`s Day at the Knesset: ”Let us talk security in a language that`s relevant to 50% of the population, that is relevant to us – women. I`m here to talk to you about women, and through that topic, about us, too. I could have given you a picture of exclusion and violence and talk about the curfew many of us have to endure after dark because the outside frightens and horrifies us. The Knesset is a small version of that outside, which includes in it the range of the discrimination of women. We should all ask ourselves – does every man and woman in this House take the responsibility to be a good and non-abusive employer? Do we know there are agency contractors working here, and choose not to do anything about it, thereby cooperating with taking advantage of workers? Would any one of us hire pregnant women, or women going through fertility treatments? And what do we have to say about the obvious absence of representation of women, in which we are a minority, or about parties that do not include women in realistic places on their lists? We cannot fight poverty and fight for social and political equality only towards the outside without implementing those same rules right here at the Knesset. Here, too, we see discrimination, exclusion, and abusive employment of women. We must prove that inside the Knesset, at least, there is a safe environment for women. I look forward to the day when feminism is a sign of dignity.”

Limor Livnat (Likud), Culture and Sports Minister: ”I bless, in the name of the prime minister, the special convention taking place here in honor of International Women`s Day. We can make a difference in almost any field. And to do so we must unite, all of the female Knesset members of all the parties. I was filled with pride when I saw the panel of women at the Knesset. I know the women`s commitment and their passion and I look forward to a working with them.