The theme of 2014’s Independence Day celebrations will be “Time for Women,” the
Ministerial Committee for Symbols and Ceremonies decided
Committee chairwoman Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat, who
proposed the theme for the 66th anniversary, saying she thinks it is
“appropriate and important and will increase public awareness of women’s
progress and achievements in recent years, as well as the many challenges we [as
women] will continue to face until we become a truly egalitarian
Many women had a positive influence on Israel’s development as
a country and society, Livnat added, and the time has come to show gratitude and
give them an official platform.
Independence Day celebrations are to
focus on women’s contributions to science, culture, economics, security,
education, society, the environment, public service and more, and women are to
light the torches during the official government ceremony.
Minister Shai Piron said that schools will teach the topic.
expressed hope that “emphasizing women on Independence Day will help with the
battle against wage gaps in the private and public sectors; the fight against
the glass ceiling that keeps quality women from reaching senior positions in
academia and the market; the struggle to grant equal opportunities and
representation and against violence toward women.”