The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women at Bar-Ilan University celebrates 20 years.
Jerusalem Post’s journalist Patricia Golan interviewed Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Founding Head, and Keren Horowitz, CEO, about the center’s unique approach to promoting legal and social change for women:
“The Legal Aid Program is one of the many Rackman Center activities, which include appeals to the Supreme Court and the Grand Rabbinical Court, preparation of bills and amendments to advance legislative reforms and advising policy-makers. Its “Lawyers of Tomorrow” program trains law students in family law and feminist theory. The “Woman by Your Side” program provides continuous psychosocial support for women going through divorce, in addition to the legal aid…
What really distinguishes us from other centers is the unique combination and synergy between being a civil society organization of activists, together with the research, expertise and knowledge that we develop as an academic center,” explains Halperin-Kaddari, who served for 12 years as a member (and four years as vice president) of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).”