On the 18th of June a conference organized in cooperation between MK Aliza Lavie and the “Mekomiyot 2018” (“Locals 2018“) coalition on the issue of the enhancement of women at the local elections in October 2018 took place. Only 2% of the heads of local authorities in Israel are women. “Mekomiyot 2018” supports brave women who run for office in the 2018 local elections.
Knesset members such as Aliza Lavie, Yesh Atid, Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Knesset speaker Aida Touma-Sliman, Chair of the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, Michal Biran, Zionist Camp, Shuli Moalem-Refaeli, Habayit Hayehudi und Yair Lapid, Chairman of Yesh Atid, gave inspiring speeches. In this non-partisan event, all speakers expressed their support for the equality of women and men in politics.
The “Mekomiyot 2018” coalition was established by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Israel together with the NGO WePower and the Dafna Fund. By now, 28 Jewish, Arab and Jewish-Arab organizations have joined the coalition. Its objective is to increase the number of female mayors and double the number of female council members in local and regional councils in the upcoming 2018 local elections.