International Women’s Day.
Photos of Arab women went viral in 2011.
Then in 2012, I published photos of Arab girls
that just keep going and going.
Arab girls still can be found shopping in Jerusalem
on just about any day in most neighborhoods.
But this year I would like to focus on a few special women.
MK Rachel Azaria is using her position in the Knesset,
with the assistance of various women’s groups,
to help working conditions and family life.
Yesterday another committee meeting was held on issues
including extended parental leave and allowing fathers to
take time off on the birth of child without fear of losing their jobs.
On my way out of the Knesset I passed
an Arab school group starting a Knesset tour.
Muslim girls were on their way to the Knesset also.
I have meet some impressive Arab women and girls,
but most have not wanted their photo and names shared.
Perhaps times are slowly changing,
because seated next to President Reuven Rivlin
on a teen panel at a Ynet education conference,
was Norhaan, who asked a question of the Israeli President.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotolvely
held at a press conference at the King David Hotel.
Justice Minister Ayelet Sheked answered questions
from American Jewish leaders.
Both women have promising futures in Israeli politics,
but one woman stands out for my special recognition
on this International Women’s Day,
Remember how they said no man could replace
Stanley Fischer as President of the Bank of Israel?
Karnit Flug was interim head,
and was then appointed to the top position.
Each year she presents a report on the Israeli economy,
and each year she is more impressive.
Slowly banking is getting better
and things are changing.
Women in Israel are making a positive difference.