Social and Economic Justice

Promoting Equality for Everyone

NIFC works to reduce social and economic gaps as a means of safeguarding democracy and building a cohesive society.

With 1 in 3 Israeli children living below the poverty line, the Israeli public is more united behind the desire for social and economic justice than on any other single issue.

Specifically, our work focuses on some of the most critical root causes of socio-economic gaps: the lack of housing options and deep inequality in the distribution of public resources.

Examples of recently-funded projects include Adva’s gender equality analyses of Israel’s state budget and Bizchut’s disability rights hotline.

New Israel Fund's Shatil

Tzameret–Kama: Advancing Women as Leaders in Social Change Organizations

Shatil is the operating department of NIF in Israel. Shatil has been promoting women’s rights since its inception 40 years ago. Today in Israel, women staff are the majority within social change organizations but are only the minority in leadership roles. In 2023, Shatil developed a three-month leadership program called Tzameret-Kama for Arab and Jewish women currently in middle-management positions. In 2024, this project will convene a second Tzamaret-Kama course for Arab and Jewish middle-management civil society leaders looking to advance into more senior roles and continue to build an alumni network of Arab and Jewish women working in civil society.

Petitioning for the Rights of the Unhoused

Petitioning for the Rights of the Unhoused

NIFC flagship project partner the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has petitioned the Court for Administrative Affairs in Tel Aviv-Yafo against the policy of the Bat Yam Mayor and municipality that forbids unhoused people from sleeping in public places....

Preventing the Disconnection of Electricity

Preventing the Disconnection of Electricity

The Israel Electric Authority amended its criteria for cutting off electricity to households following a Supreme Court ruling last January that electricity is a constitutional right that is inseparable from dignity, life, and health. The new criteria will protect an...

Uncovering the Human Toll of the Gaza Blockade

Uncovering the Human Toll of the Gaza Blockade

Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip over the past 15 years has had disastrous effects on the lives and health of its Palestinian residents, NIFC project partner Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) reports. In Gaza, nearly every single aspect of health care...

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