A historic home in Beit Hakerem.
(photo credit: SHOMRONI/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
THIS WEEK, Israel Prize laureate Ruth Rasnic, who almost 40 years ago pioneered the concept of shelters for battered women, announced the closure of two such shelters for lack of funds. Financing provided by the Social Affairs Ministry was inadequate to keep the shelters going, Rasnic told Yediot Aharonot.In 1977, in response to a rash of cases of domestic violence, Rasnic founded the Organization to Combat Violence against Women and served as its paid executive director for 34 years. In 2011, she stepped back from being a paid employee of the organization and became a volunteer. As one of the founders – together with the late Shulamit Aloni of the Citizen’s Rights Movement, which was dedicated to civil rights, women’s rights and peace, and which as a result of a merger became part of Meretz – Rasnic served as the movement’s representative at Na’amat for 15 years.