The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington has disbursed grants for the 2013-2014 grantmaking cycle. This marks our eighth grantmaking year with $145,000 in allocations to 13 different organizations, both locally and in Israel, to programs focused on fostering social change for women and girls.
Local Programs – Jewish Women & Girls
Bodies of Water, Adas Israel Community Mikvah ($5,500) –Promote health, strength and confidence for women and girls by gaining Jewish tools for positive body image, and by understanding the Mikvah’s role in embodied Judaism.
Jewish Women’s Professional and Leadership Development Institute, AVODAH ($10,000) – Train AVODAH corps members to understand the root causes of gender inequity, increase their connection to social justice with a gender lens and develop relationships with professional female role models.
“It’s Not Love,” Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) ($30,000) – Educate teens on dating abuse, violence awareness and prevention at programs in school, camp and youth group settings.
Agunah Prevention and Education Program, Organization for the Resolution of Agunot ($10,000) – Educate young Jewish women and men about signing a Jewish prenuptial agreement when getting married to prevent get-refusal in the event of a divorce.
Creating a Women’s Budget Forum in the Negev, Adva Center ($10,000) – Create a forum of female leaders to advocate for improved services for women and girls through training on municipal budgets.
Task Force on Human Trafficking, ATZUM ($12,000)- Further legal, legislative and advocacy efforts to combat human trafficking into and within Israel, criminalize the purchase of sexual services, and protect the prostituted person, thus creating social change.
Skills Building and Outreach for Civil Action Against Get Refusal, Center for Women’s Justice ($10,000) – Provide solutions and resources to Jewish women whose husbands are refusing a Jewish divorce using claim litigation.
Bringing Women to the Fore: A Feminist Partnership, Itach Maaki & Shutafot in association with the The Jewish Women’s Collaborative International Fund ($5,000) – Create activist coalition of seven leading Israeli women’s organizations, 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.
Sign and Change, Mavoi Satum ($10,000) – Promote the use of a prenuptial agreement containing an arbitration clause to prevent extortion and get-refusal in the event of a divorce.
Advanced Training, Mentoring and Support fo the Next Generation of Women Leaders in the Negev, WePower ($10,000) – Train young women activists in municipal/public arena to enhance gender social justice to the benefit of women and girls in their communities.
Local Programs – Low-Income Immigrant Women & Girls
Well Mother, Well Baby, A Wider Circle ($5,000) – Prepare low-income pregnant and parenting adolescents for a healthy pregnancy, healthy birth and long-term responsibility of caring for themselves and their children. Program aims to ‘break the cycle’ of poverty within low-income teenage families.
Grow My Business, Empowered Women International ($12,500) – Train and assist immigrant, refugee and low-income women, who have already completed the Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) program, to grow their own business through a structed nine-month program.
African Women’s Empowerment Project, Tahirih Justice Center ($15,000) – Protect vulnerable, low-income African immigrant women who are fleeing gender based violence by seeking refuge in America. Provides legal representation as well as the resources to teach others of the struggles they have endured.