Zehava Gal-On 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Dor Gerbash)
Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On is the most feminist MK, the “Female Parliament”
announced on Wednesday.
The Female Parliament is a project of the
Hebrew-language online women’s magazine Saloona, in honor of International
Women’s Day. The magazine gathered a panel of feminist activists, journalists,
artists and intellectuals to examine the 24 female Knesset members, and
published a 53-page report, which ranks them.
Gal-On came in first place,
as a result of her leading the battle to prevent the government from raising
women’s retirement age and submitting a bill to give divorced women a right to
part of their ex-husbands’ pensions.
In addition, she proposed a bill
giving a grant to help those leaving battered women’s shelters to rebuild their
lives, which has passed plenum readings and is likely to become
Saloona also mentioned Gal- On’s participation in protests and
demonstrations against discrimination and has given speeches on the subject in
“I was very happy and even excited to hear that I was
chosen,” Gal-On said after the ranking was published. “Women have come a long
way towards equality in the past decades.
Many laws have been passed, and
the public discourse encourages equality.”
However, the Meretz leader
added, discrimination and abuse of women still exists and there is a lot of work
to be done to ensure that there is true gender equality.
MK Orit Zuaretz
(Kadima) came in second place, with a special mention of her work on bills
against prostitution and human trafficking, followed by Labor leader Shelly
Yacimovich, MK Orly Levy-Abecasis (Israel Beiteinu) and Culture and Sport
Minister Limor Livnat, who is also chairwoman of the Ministerial Committee on
the Status of Women.
Knesset Committee on the Status of Women chairwoman
Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) came in eighth place, and opposition leader Tzipi Livni
(Kadima) came in 12th.
MK Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich (Kadima) came in last
Saloona pointed out that the Kadima MK proposed a bill that would
not give mothers automatic custody of young children after a divorce, and quoted
her complaining about the “radical feminist jihad.”