At least one woman will serve on every subcommittee to appoint judges to
rabbinical courts, according to an ordinance signed by Justice Minister Tzipi
Livni on Thursday.
Livni also signed an ordinance allowing female
rabbinical court advocates to serve on the subcommittees, in addition to the
committee chairman, MKs and Bar Association representatives.
another step toward total equality for women, which is very important in
religion, since it deals with so many areas of life,” Livni said.
June, the Knesset passed a law
requiring that at least one of the two government
representatives, MKs and Bar Association representatives on the Committee to
Appoint Rabbinical Court Judges be female and that a rabbinical court advocate
be added to the panel. Livni’s decision extends the practice to
“Women are more than half of the population, and their
voices ought to be heard clearly on ever topic,” Livni said.
women in these committees, which deal with different areas of our lives and hold
great power and influence, is another step in the fight for women’s equality in
general and more specifically for their right to take part in choosing public