Israel, which sees gender equality as vital and is interested in contributing to such efforts around the world, was awarded the regional prize in the category of Closing the Gender Gap for the Middle East.

 Israel awarded a prize for Closing the Gender Gaps

 

Copyright: David Saranga

(Israeli Mission to the European Union)

Israel was awarded a prize for its achievements in "Closing the Gender Gaps" during the annual summit of the Women in Parliament Global Forum which took place in the European Parliament in Brussels on 27-29 November 2013.

Women in Parliament (WIP) is dedicated to promoting female leadership and shaping society in a gender-equal way, by connecting prominent female figures from around the world. WIP convened its annual summit at the European Parliament in Brussels, with over 500 high-level participants from more than 100 countries for three days of meetings, debates and events.

Israel, which sees gender equality as vital and is interested in contributing to such efforts around the world, was awarded the regional prize in the category of Closing the Gender Gap for the Middle East.

Israel Ambassador to the EU David Walzer: “We are happy to see that Europe and Israel share the same views on the issue of gender equality. This issue is without any doubt one of the pillars of the Israeli society.”

Supreme Court Justice Barak-Erez received the prize on behalf of the State of Israel. She said at the award ceremony: “The Israeli legal system is the arena in which the promise of gender equality is materializing – as a result of legislation regarding gender equality in various areas of life as well as through judicial precedents which insist on the pragmatic implementation of these principles. Since the Equal Rights of Women Law was enacted in its original form back in 1951, the principle of gender equality has been applied to both political and social rights, including by adopting affirmative action policies. Currently, there is no question that gender equality is considered a fundamental principle of the Israeli legal system."

Justice Barak-Erez is currently the youngest judge in the Supreme Court. A renowned expert and scholar in Israel, she has earned a significant international reputation. She has written extensively on public law and contract law, and two of the books that she edited focus on feminism and law. Born in the US, Barak Erez grew up in Israel. In 2011 she was appointed dean of the law faculty at Tel Aviv University, and in January 2012 was named to the Supreme Court of Israel for a term beginning in May 2012.