Haredi Women Executives Advancing Social-Civic
Development of a vanguard of accomplished Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) women executives that will advance solutions for social-civic challenges
There is a core of successful professional Haredi women with the potential to contribute substantially, professionally and systemically to the social-civic arena. However, these women, generally do not promote social agendas or initiative community projects because they lack exposure to or experience with social activism..
The past decade has seen a substantial investment in higher education and employment of Haredi women, leading to an increase in Haredi women employment (from 53% to 78%). This has led to an increase in Haredi women in executive positions; now constituting 10-15% of employed Haredi women.
For this, two challenges must be met:
• Lack of knowledge and mechanisms for developing social perspective and engagement
• Lack of a platform to advance social-civic projects that can improve societal quality of life.
principles of program
deep awareness, sensitivity and familiarity with Haredi society’s values and characteristics
allowing expression of the diverse cultures and sectors within Haredi society through participation of Haredi women from all Haredi mainstream communities and sectors
promoting values of social responsibility and activism
Identification and selection
Identification and selection of mainstream professional Haredi women executives, who are influential in their local or public space
Training focused on professional development and capability, advancing social change processes, and social responsibility
Creating a community
Creating a community of equals for continuous networking and advancement of social change processes
Creating partnerships and initiatives among participants and societal sectors
A program for the development of human capital and a professional reserve for Haredi women employed by local authorities.
A training program teaching how to lead policy change processes relevant to community related systemic issues.
A network of Haredi women executives, alumni of LIshma programs, that promotes solutions for social challenges and needs from a perspective of joint social responsibility, mutuality and networking.