This morning, the committee for selection of the new National Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunities, headed by Director-General of the Ministry of Economy and Industry, Amit Lang, submitted its recommendation to the Prime Minister and acting Minister of Economy and Industry, Benjamin Netanyahu. The committee consisted of five members in accordance with the government decision: Lang, who headed it; Ilan Ram, representative of the Civil Service Commission; Adv. Amy Palmer, Director-General of the Ministry of Justice; Prof. Guy Mundlak, representative of academia; and Nurit Tzur, representative of the public.
The Civil Service Commission received 59 applications from applicants, which were then examined by the Committee. The Committee members held two meetings, during which they determined criteria for examining the candidates called for interviews, recommended candidates, and then interviewed nine candidates. Following this, the Committee unanimously decided to recommend to the Prime Minister and acting Minister of the Economy and Industry, Benjamin Netanyahu, that Adv. Mariam Kabaha should be chosen as National Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunities at the Ministry of Economy and Industry.
Adv. Mariam Kabaha is currently the Regional Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunities in Haifa and the North. Among her recent achievements of note, Adv. Kabaha founded the Forum for Advancing Equality at Work in the Arab Sector, the purpose of which is increasing awareness among the Arab population of their rights and helping them access the tools available to help them, as well as increasing enforcement in the field of equal employment. This groundbreaking forum, which began its activities in January 2015, marks the first time that so many of the government bodies and NGOs involved in the field have joined forces in one working group with a common goal.
As already noted, the committee’s recommendation has been submitted to the Prime Minister and acting Minister of the Economy and Industry today, and he will submit it for government approval.