Who are we?
KIDMA: The Project for the
Advancement of Women in Israel was established by Arlette Adler in 1984, and
since then has found a supportive base at the University of Haifa. It was on
this most pluralistic of Israeli campuses that in 1970 the New Feminist Movement
was founded. Initiated and led by women academics (including KIDMA's Director,
Professor Marilyn Safir), these feminist pioneers challenged the myth of gender
equality that was built into the State's foundations and consequently revealed
the deep disparities that exist between men and women in Israeli society. KIDMA
is an organization that aims to advance the status of women in Israel through
creating programs to help women increase their positive involvement in Israeli
society. While the University of Haifa provides a space to facilitate KIDMA,
it does not provide any financial support. Thus, as an independent organization
within the University, KIDMA relies heavily on the support of foundations and
donors who are committed to strengthening civil society, women's rights in Israel,
the advancement of women in general, and multiculturalism.
Goals and Objectives
- To increase awareness
of and interest in women's issues through women's studies programs.
- To encourage women who
lack confidence or skills to personally develop in a supportive framework
and to find out about the opportunities available to them.
- To open the academic
world to women who might not have had an opportunity to study in such a framework.
- To bring marginalized
women together (Druze women from towns outside of Haifa, Arab women from villages
in the Galilee, or new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia),
in order to seize the opportunity for future growth.
- To enter the underprivileged
neighborhoods of Haifa, Nazareth and Acco, where poverty has become a second-generation
trap, and explore possibilities for ending this cycle.
- To provide specialized
courses for female and male professionals serving women-at-risk about their
specific needs and circumstances, and the prevention of violence.
- To conduct courses and
seminars for mid-level managers and women soldiers on leadership training,
personal development and empowerment, communication skills and assertiveness
- To develop cooperative
venues with partners of University of Haifa, organizations such as the Jewish
Arab center, and other groups to encourage women's studies within their particular
sphere of interest.
- To organize together
with the Women's Studies program at the University of Haifa, joint-conferences
and lectures (for example: The Virginia L. Snitow Lecture Series).
- To reduce stereotypical
thinking among Jewish and Arab high school students.
- To promote intercultural
meetings of various women's groups.