Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat joined the ministerial committee to
increase equality in national service Wednesday night, after several female MKs
complained that there were no women on the panel led by Science and Technology
Minister Yaakov Peri.
Still, MK Merav Michaeli (Labor) said that one
female minister is not enough.
“We cannot continue being satisfied by
having one woman – however excellent she may be – in a group of men,” Michaeli
said. “The woman is a fig leaf to cover the shame of those who appointed the
Michaeli called for women, not just one woman, to be on all
committees so they can have an influence.
“All we want is equality in the
burden,” she added.
Knesset Committee for the Advancement of Women
chairwoman Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), who sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu asking that he appoint a woman to the committee, thanked him for
“It’s clear to all that the decisions made by the
committee will have a direct influence on the status and advancement of women in
the IDF and in all of society; therefore, it is essential that women take part
in the process,” she stated.
Earlier this week, Meretz leader Zehava
Gal-On also sent a letter to Netanyahu lamenting the lack of a female on the
“There is no replacement for female representatives in all areas
of decision-making, and there is no excuse for their absence from ministerial
committees and other public bodies,” she said.
According to Gal-On this
should be the rule in all areas, but is especially important in the area of
“Today there are already military bases with haredi
battalions that women are not allowed to enter. It’s clear that the amount of
haredim that enter the army and the way they are integrated has a major
influence on the status of women in the IDF and society,” she
In addition, the Meretz leader said, “despite the obsessive
dealings with ‘equality in the burden,’ questions of true equality don’t really
interest the new government.”