Girl Power: 2014 Israeli Independence Day Ceremony to be an Exclusively Female Affair
by Gidon Ben-zvi
This year’s State of Israel Independence Day torch-lighting ceremony will be conducted with a special emphasis on the achievements and struggles of women in Israeli society, Israeli daily Walla reported on Sunday.
The Ministerial Committee for Ceremonies and Symbols has accepted a proposal on the matter from Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat, who happens to chair the Committee.
In Livnat’s initiative, the torches in the 2014 ceremony will be lit by women only from all walks of Israeli life.
Minister Livnat reacted to the news this morning by saying that, “…many women have made vital contributions in all areas to the development of the state and its society,” Walla reported.
Livnat also addressed ongoing societal ills faced by Israel’s female population, saying that despite, “…the triumphs of many Israeli women, many others continue to have to fight for the basic right to live in dignity,” reported Walla.
Livnat went on to cite several aspects of the struggle for complete gender equality in Israel including civil service and private sector wage gaps, the persistence of a glass ceiling that’s preventing women from reaching the highest echelons in academia, and the crucial battle against violence aimed at women.
In her submitted proposal, Livnat stated that the 2014 ceremony is a perfect opportunity to show Israel’s women the respect they have long fought for, by acknowledging them as part of the official proceedings that separate the country’s Memorial Day from Independence Day.