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Women’s Amutot Initiative

The Women’s Amutot Initiative allocates funds from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s annual campaign to organizations in Israel that empower women to improve Israeli society through social, economic, religious, and political equality. Click here to read more about the Women’s Amutot Initiative.

Click here to view the 2021 Grants.

The Women’s Amutot Initiative was established in 2003 to focus exclusively on the needs and welfare of women and girls in Israel, utilizing strategic grant making and applying a gender lens in its grant making. The committee will consider funding projects that are consistent with its mission and promote social change in Israel by addressing one of the priority areas below:

•   Economic Empowerment
•   Social Empowerment
•   Protection Against and Prevention of Violence
•   Leadership Development

The committee is responsible for reviewing the applications and allocating grants to registered Israeli not-for-profit organizations that correspond to the Women’s Amutot Initiative’s priorities and guidelines. Organizations must have strong professional staff, focus on women or girls, be fiscally responsible providing programmatic and budgetary reports, have evaluation and assessment procedures in place, have other means of financial support, and compliment the Mission of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

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Women’s Amutot Initiative – 2021 Grants

Leadership Development

JASMINE
$10,500
General Support: Strengthening and growing businesses owned by Jewish and Arab women through workshops and mentoring

LISHMA
$9,500
General Support: Training towards social responsibility, training at IDC and developing policy impact project, municipality training, graduate network for Haredi women

MA’ASE CENTER ASSOCIATION: NE’URIM PROGRAM VOLUNTEER YEAR
$7,000

Personal empowerment volunteer-year program for 70 young Druze women, ages 18-21, volunteering in 14 Druze communities. Through their participation in the program, these young women will serve as mentors and tutors of 3,500 Druze children and teens that participate in youth activities provided by Ne’urim Centers.

NIVCHAROT: ULTRA-ORTHODOX WOMEN FOR REPRESENTATION, EQUALITY AND A VOICE
$10,500
General Support: Empowering ultra-orthodox women through awareness of their rights and placing Haredi women in key political positions.

VILLAGE WAY: ISRAELITE YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR IMMIGRANT YOUTH (MECHINA)
$6,000
Courses and workshops for young women from immigrant backgrounds attending a mechina gap year program. The mechina is a 10-month (September–June) residential, educational program that provides interactive workshops, community service, seminars, field trips and hikes.

WEPOWER: COLLEGE FOR ELECTED WOMEN COUNCIL MEMBERS
$14,000
General Support: Training, leadership development, networking, support promoting gender equality in the public arena.

Protecting Women Against Violence

ASSOCIATION OF RAPE CRISIS CENTERS: CHANGING LAWS, CHANGING LIVES
$18,600

General Support: Aims to improve services offered to victims of sexual assault and promote social change on a national level.

ITACH MAAKI: CENTER FOR BEDOUIN WOMEN’S RIGHTS
$10,100

Promote safety, independence and action of Bedouin women living in the Negev and to advance their rights and their independence by providing legal aid, fostering public participation and enacting policy changes.

MASLAN: EMERGENCY SUPPORT LINE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUALLY ABUSED INDIVIDUALS
$13,300

Supports the Emergency Hotline, a 24-hour service for victims of sexual and physical violence. The hotline is staffed by 300 professionally trained volunteers that offer emotional practical support and guidance in eight languages to accommodate the diverse needs of the Negev’s population.

TAHEL (CRISIS CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS WOMEN): TRAINING TO PREVENT SEXUAL ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY
$11,000

To develop and implement the resiliency training course on developing resiliency skills for individuals, mental health professionals, victims of abuse and clergy.

WOMEN’S SPIRIT: BREAKING THE BIND – FINANCIAL SECURITY ADVOCACY FOR SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE
$14,000

Advocates change in policies and laws that undermine financial security and safety of violence survivors.

Social Empowerment

ADVA: THE POWER TO EMPOWER – TRAINING FOR MAYORIAL ADVISORS ON GENDER EQUALITY
$8,500

Training for new Mayorial Advisors on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in 60 regional councils.

BAT KOL: QUEER JEWISH WOMEN
$6,300
General Support: To provide a supportive community to women who are dealing with their sexual orientation and gender identity.

CENTER FOR WOMEN’S JUSTICE: WOMEN’S ENGAGEMENT THROUGH LEGAL ADVOCACY
$15,400
General Support: Use precedent-setting litigation to defend women’s rights to equality, dignity, and justice. Train law students.

ISRAEL WOMEN’S NETWORK
$12,000
General Support: Legal aid hotline to protect women’s rights in the workforce and curb domestic violence.

MAVOI SATUM: THE LEGAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECT
$10,000

To provide legal representation in the civil and rabbinical courts, therapy, and empowerment opportunities for women trapped in unwanted marriages.

OHR TORAH STONE: YAD L’ISHA LEGAL AID CENTER AND HOTLINE
$8,800

Assist agunot by providing legal representation in rabbinic and civil courts, and emotional support.

RACKMAN CENTER: IMPACT – THE PROJECT FOR LEGAL & SOCIAL CHANGE FOR WOMEN
$11,000

Changing legislation and assisting individual women with difficult family law cases.

SHATIL: STRENGTHENING, MOBILIZING, AND COORDINATING WOMEN’S CIVIL SOCIETY
$11,200
Improve the quality of life of women by keeping them out of poverty with access to public housing, combatting attempts to exclude or separate women and capacity building for women's organizations.

VAN LEER INSTITUTE: THE GENDER INDEX
$5,000

Updates and expands the Gender Index to help facilitate the monitoring of gender inequality in Israel and to promote policy change. The Gender Index is an online analytical report designed to provide crosscutting data on the position of women in Israeli society representing everything from family status to participation in public life. The Index targets policymakers and is aimed at facilitating informed decision-making and activity to promote gender equality in Israel.

Economic Empowerment

AJEEC-NISPED: TALIYAH GAP YEAR
$12,200

Academic and personal development activities for young women to prepare them for university and a career.

BE-ATZMI: MIFNE-MAASAR – EMPLOYMENT ADVANCEMENT AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
$9,000

To provide group workshops, as well as individual mentoring; focus on budget management, financial benefits

BE’ER SHEVA FOUNDATION: SIKET – SUPPORT FOR ETHIOPIAN-ISRAELI WOMEN
$9,000

To promote accessibility to higher education and employment for young Ethiopian-Israeli women in the Negev by assisting 100 Ethiopian-Israeli women pursuing a first degree at Negev academic institutions.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT FOR WOMEN: A BUSINESS OF ONE'S OWN
$9,500

Assist 70 low-income/marginalized women reach economic independence through self-employment. Meetings with empowerment and business facilitators, technical assistance and mentoring for women, as well as personal consulting.

ITWORKS: SINGLE MOTHERS ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM
$13,000

Training and job placement assistance for single mothers in the hi-tech industry.

THE JERUSALEM COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY LEVTECH: ENTRY TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
$9,560

To train female Orthodox and Haredi students in creative thinking and tactical skills to have an entrepreneurial mindset.

KIEDF (KORET): SAWA-TOGETHER MICROFINANCE SERVICES
$9,000

To enable microfinance services of non-bank loan and ongoing consultation and mentoring to Arab-Israeli women for the development and expansion of their business activity.

LA’OFEK: ACHOTENU-ACADEMIC NURSES TRAINING PROGRAM
$9,500

Training program for Ethiopian-Israeli women studying to become nurses or paramedical professionals. Works in partnership with Hebrew University, Hadassah Hospital.

YOZMOT ATID: ATID PROGRAM FOR ULTRA-ORTHODOX WOMEN
$10,000

Micro Entrepreneurship program for Haredi women including business training, mentoring, networking and micro-loans.

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