New Woman

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In anticipation, the Israeli women’s organization, Na’amat, produced a video with Israeli singer Yardena Arazi.

Basically, the words of the song encourage women in abusive relationships to get up and leave, and describe the process of gathering strength from saying no to the violence; thus, the title, The New Woman.

One of the nice aspects of the video is that it features prominent women in Israeli public life, including retired Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner, Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat, and tennis star Shahar Peer. Parenthetically, when Judge Dorner was still a District Court judge, and when the issue of domestic violence was not really on anybody’s radar screen, she gave some important decisions protecting women.

 

At the time of the making of the video, 14 women had been killed by their partners in the past year.

Yesterday, Nov. 24th, a 15th woman was killed by her husband in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem. May her memory be a blessing and her family somehow find their way through the darkness to find comfort.

 

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