September 19, 2019

Where Are the Women In Israeli Politics?

“Despite attempts to portray Israel as a progressive country with equal rights and opportunity for all, we still have a way to go to make that a reality.

Sure, we can host awesome gay pride events and tout the first Druze navigator or Arab chairman of a bank as examples of how far we’ve come, but on a more basic level – that of male Israelis and female Israelis – we’re still lagging far behind in equality.

Data released in 2018 by the Israel Democracy Institute showed that in the past two decades, the number of female Knesset members almost quadrupled, rising from nine to 34 female parliamentarians and bringing Israel in line with the OECD average of 28%.

The IDI also revealed that female MKs are more productive legislators: they had a 37% higher success rate of having their bills passed into law in Israel’s 20th Knesset (2015-2018) than their male counterparts.

However, the short-lived 21st Knesset had fewer female MKs than the 20th Knesset, with only 29 women voted in.
According to a Finance Ministry salary report issued for 2017, men earn more than women by 15% in government ministries, by 28% in the health care sector, 21% in defense and 9% in education. According to Central Bureau of Statistics data, men out earn women by 31% in Israel as a whole.”

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