ProMosaik readers to Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center. I talked to Khulud Khamis, the coordinator, about how the centre was established, which are the main themes it deals with, and also about the structure. The aim I wanted to achieve with this interview is to show how important feminism is in all cultures, religions, and communities. And that there can only be a feminism characterised by diversity, and tolerance.
Isha L’Isha’s mission is to advance the status and rights of women and girls, and to promote peace, security and socio-economic justice from a feminist perspective through education, research, dissemination of knowledge, advancing legislation, and public events. Established in 1983, we are the oldest grassroots feminist organization in Israel and one of the leading voices of women’s rights in the country. We offer women a safe, supportive environment in which they can address their needs, providing room for self-expression and development. Parallel to this, Isha L’Isha works on a national level, advocating for women’s rights in all fields. Throughout the years, we have empowered thousands of women and provided them with skills to take control of their lives. Currently, our main areas of activity include Fighting against Trafficking in Women and Prostitution; Women and Medical Technologies, and Building an Empowered Community of Women. We also house the Haifa Feminist Institute, with the mission of collecting and documenting the history of feminist activism in Israel from 1970 to the present, to make women’s social and political contribution visible and to inspire future generations. Our vision is a society where all women – regardless of religion, ethnicity, or cultural background – enjoy equal rights in all fields, including economic, social, and political; a society without gender-based violence; a society in which women’s voices are heard, and in which women have full and equal access.