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For the first time in its 81- year-history, Ladies Circle International, a
social networking and volunteer organization for women aged 18-45 that spans 36
countries and has more than 10,000 members, has selected an Israeli to become
Tel Aviv lawyer Sharon Taitz, who has been volunteering
for the organization for eight years and was president of Ladies Circle Israel
2009-2010, will take over the prestigious post in August. Among her
responsibilities will be working and encouraging women from all over the world
to take up social welfare projects and contribute to their
“I was elected by women from countries that do not even have
strong diplomatic ties with Israel and by women from Arab countries such as
Morocco; this just shows the strength of the organization,” Taitz, 37, told The
Jerusalem Post in an interview on Tuesday.
“Our motto is friendship and
service; we believe that friendship among women will automatically help improve
In Israel, Ladies Circle, which was launched here in 1991, has
more than 300 members and 16 “circles,” or chapters, in towns including Tel
Aviv, Haifa, Savyon, Petah Tikva and Herzliya. While it has yet to establish
groups in certain cities such as Jerusalem or Modi’in, Ladies Circle Israel is
active in working with disadvantaged children, Holocaust survivors and
socioeconomically weak communities.
“We do not donate money, but we do
provide equipment or volunteering,” explained Taitz, adding quickly that none of
those involved draws a salary and “everything we have goes straight to those
that we help.”
The mother of four added: “I believe this organization is
so important because it teaches young people, including my own children, a
lesson about the value of helping others. We are doing real work to help the
community, and we have very strong connections between the women from all over
Meanwhile, a senior Israeli delegation of women arrived in
New York on Tuesday to participate in the 55th session of the United Nations
Commission on the Status of the Woman, which runs through March 4.
the members of the delegation are Equal Opportunities Employment Commissioner
Tziona Koenig-Yair; Prof.
Hagit Messer-Yaron, president of the Open
Miriam Erez, head of the Faculty of Engineering and
Industry at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and chairwoman of the
National Commission for the Advancement of Women in Science and Technology;
Mazal Renford, manager of the Carmel Center, the Golda Meir International
Training Center; Ilana Ravid, supervisor for the status of women at the Foreign
Ministry; and Marina Rosenberg, of the ministry’s Division for International
Organizations; as well as representatives of the Women’s International Zionist
Organization and the Council of Women’s Organizations.
participate in five central panels, and will also host a special event in
cooperation with the International Organization of Migration on the topic “Can
education and training create a dignified workplace?” In addition, Koenig-Yair
will make Israel’s official presentation and emphasize the Jewish state’s
commitment to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women as a
basic right and as an effective tool in the struggle against poverty, hunger and
disease, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
During the conference,
the new UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of
women, headed by former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, will be officially