ALIZA LAVIE 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
There is a long way to go before women are properly represented in local
government, MK Aliza Lavie, head of the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of
the Status of Women, said on Tuesday.
The number of women elected to
local councils rose from 232 to 340 last month, but the total number of
council-members is 2,456.
Only three of 191 local authority heads and
mayors is female
“When a goal is set and we persist, we reach our
goals,” Lavie (Yesh Atid) said at a special committee meeting at the Sderot
Conference for Israeli Society. “We need to prepare today for the next election,
starting with legislation to incentivize lists that put women in realistic slots
and through support and mentorship by experienced women to help those who want
Lavie said this is a plan for the long term, expressing hope
that in five years women will “reach the finish line prepared.”
Kariv (Yesh Atid), whose bill to penalize lists for municipal elections that are
not at least one-third female passed a preliminary Knesset vote last week, said
she is sure change is possible.
Bill like Kariv’s “are not doing anyone a
favor, but enshrine the principle of equality,” MK Dov Henin (Hadash) said. “The
situation in the municipal arena is shocking.