The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS) was established at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in 2009 with the support of The Dafna Fund. WIPS is committed to Gender Mainstreaming as an overall strategy for promoting the democratic and civil status of women in diverse social groups. This approach aims to transform the issue of gender inequality, historically conceptualized as a “women’s issue,” and reformulate it as a general social worldview that relates to both men and women and to all social structures. The WIPS center aims to make gender equality an inseparable part of the thought and action of legislators and decision makers in various areas.
The WIPS Center conducts research, promotes strategic thinking, and initiates projects and programs in areas relevant to implementing gender mainstreaming and gender equality in Israel. The founders of WIPS aim to make it a framework that brings together women’s organizations, feminist activists, researchers, legislators and decision makers, so that their dialogue and sharing of thoughts will serve as a source of knowledge, guidance and experience for anyone interested in promoting gender equality and gender mainstreaming in Israel. The center also promotes strategies to coordinate the efforts and impact of social action designed to promote women’s status and gender equality by connecting grassroots women’s organizations, policy makers, legislators and those acting for broad social change.
Prof. Naomi Chazan
Naomi Chazan is professor emerita of Political Science and African Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo.
Prof. Hanna Herzog
Hanna Herzog is professor of Sociology at Tel Aviv University. She co-directs with Prof. Naomi Chazan the Center for Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS) at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
Ronna Brayer-Garb is the Academic Coordinator of WIPS - the Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere. She has a B.A. from the Department of Political
Hadass Ben Eliyahu
Hadass Ben Eliyahu has an MA in Sociology from New York University. She headed the research branch of the Center for Behavioral Sciences in the Israel Defense Forces.
Dr. Hagar Tzameret-Kertcher
Dr. Hagar Tzameret-Kertcher is the director of social research at Midgam SI. She has an MA in economics and a PhD in sociology, both from Tel Aviv University.