An innovative model for advancing women who survived domestic violence was presented at the UN

Published date17 March 2023
Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
The session, with the participation of Israel's ambassador to the UN, Mr. Gilad Erdan, and Rashi's CEO Michal Cohen, took place on March 16 as a side event that was part of the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The program serves as an example of innovative cross-sector collaboration that can be duplicated in many countries around the world, transforming the lives of women who are survivors of domestic violence

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Israeli women face varied forms of violence at home. One of the main barriers that prevent many of them from leaving and embarking on a new chapter is financial dependence on an abusive partner. Some are deep in debt, and others were prevented from going out to work or from getting access to the money they have earned. Her Way program is based on the understanding that these women's journey only starts when they exit the relationship, and that it requires rebuilding of personal and occupational capabilities that will allow them to reach financial independence.

The program is designed to address two major national challenges: increasing diversity and gender equality in high-tech, and tackling violence against women.

The innovative program is a joint initiative of the Rashi Foundation, the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs and Google, with the 8200 Alumni Association. It offers the participants professional training for employment in high-tech, as well as guidance through the placement process. This improves their career development opportunities and their chances to break free of the financial dependence on the abusive partner.

The participants go through pre-training preparation to strengthen skills and proficiency in math, English and digital orientation; this is followed by a professional training course in data analysis, network administration and so on. At the end of the course and after passing a certification test, they also receive individual and group guidance in the job search process. They enjoy personal and emotional support throughout the program and during the first months on the job, including mentoring by women with high-tech careers.

"The program succeeds in drawing out the best qualities and abilities of women who experienced repression on a daily basis", says S., a woman in her thirties who was in an abusive relationship...

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