The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington has disbursed grants for the 2012-2013 grantmaking cycle, marking its seventh grantmaking year with $135,000 in allocations to twelve different organizations, both locally and in Israel, to programs focused on effecting social change for women and girls.
Jewish Women & Girls in the Greater Washington DC Region
Into the Depths: Introducing Mikvah as a Tool for Positive Body Image, Adas Israel Community Mikvah ($5,000) – This program enables girls and their mothers to explore an ancient practice of the mikvah through a 21st century lens. Participants engage in a Jewish framework of healthy decision making regarding their bodies and gain knowledge and skills to practice ritual immersion as a tool for positive body image.
Jewish Women’s Professional and Leadership Development Institute, AVODAH ($10,000) – This new program addition aims to train current AVODAH corps members to understand the root causes of gender inequity, increase their connection to social justice within and beyond the Jewish community, and provide access to female professional role models through mentoring relationships between these young women and established female leaders.
“It’s Not Love,” Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) ($30,000) – The second year of a two-year grant will continue to fund a full-time program director to expand JCADA’s teen dating awareness and violence prevention educational program. The program provides teens with the tools necessary to make healthy decisions about dating and other relationships, and parents and educators with steps to identify a teen in need of support.
Agunah Prevention Program, Organization for the Resolution of Agunot ($12,000) – This educational programming for high school and college students in the DC area focuses on the protection of women in Jewish divorces in accordance with Jewish law and advocates preventative measures through signing a pre-nuptial agreement that specifies the peaceful giving of a get in the event of a divorce. The program empowers participants to protect themselves through the marriage process and serve as advocates within their communities.
Israel Based Programs
Building Assets Through Small Business and Savings, Economic Empowerment for Women (EEW) ($10,000) – This program increases the financial stability of existing micro enterprises. The grant provides business training and long term support; fosters and promotes savings among low-income women in order to prepare for the future and ensure economic stability; and fosters financial empowerment among women entrepreneurs.
Bringing Women to the Fore: A Feminist Partnership, Itach-Maaki and The Jewish Women’s Collaborative International Fund ($5,000) – Create activist coalition of eight leading Israeli women’s organizations, focusing on promoting gender equality and women’s rights, and minimizing gender gaps in a variety of issues in Israel through media and social campaigns. TOWF is one of 17 Jewish Women’s Foundations to contribute to this two-year, $150,000 total, collaborative grant.
Women, Age and Employment, Mahut Center ($10,000) – This project advocates for enforcement of the Equal Opportunity Laws in Israel and fights against ageism for the inclusion of socio-economically marginalized women over 40 in the employment market. Working in coalition with employers, unions and government, Mahut Center advocates for allocation of state funds for the development of programs designed to expand employment opportunities of older women. Finally, this project raises awareness and opens public discourse on gender and age-based discrimination in employment and on the importance of a multi-aged work-force.
Sign and Wed Prenuptial Center and Campaign, Mavoi Satum: The Association for Rights of Agunot and Mesoravot Get (women denied a religious divorce) ($10,000) – This project ensures the operation of private rabbinical courts so that women will be able to marry and divorce while protecting their rights. In addition, it provides couples with the option to sign a legally binding prenuptial agreement enabling the couple to reach a fair and just divorce settlement. Mavoi Satum campaigns to raise awareness and promote the widespread signing of prenuptial agreements and the option of egalitarian orthodox divorces through private rabbinic courts.
Young Women for Future Leadership, WePower ($15,000) – This grant will fund a program aimed at building Israel’s next generation of women leaders by training young motivated women activists in the municipal/public arena and encouraging them to enhance gender social justice to the benefit of women and girls in their communities.
Local Programs – Low-Income Immigrant Women
Well Mother, Well Baby, A Wider Circle ($10,000) – Comprehensive educational program preparing low-income pregnant and parenting adolescents for a healthy pregnancy, healthy birth and long-term responsibility of caring for themselves and their children. This program aims to ‘break the cycle’ of poverty within low-income teenage families.
Domestic Worker Outreach and Education Project, CASA de Maryland ($6,000) – This project continues outreach and education for domestic workers employed by diplomats, as embassy employees, media, and other stakeholders to reduce domestic worker abuse.
Entrepreneur Training for Success, Empowered Women International ($12,000) – Program mentors immigrant, refugee, and low-income women in the DC metro area by providing business and marketing training and product development assistance to launch and sustain businesses in the arts and cultural industries.