Israeli models promoting women in science & technology
Israel has developed many programs over the years, both governmental and non-governmental, working towards the advancement of women in science and technology and encouraging the education of girls in these fields. These programs are implemented through Israeli universities, high schools and the employment sector. They include:
• The National Council for Advancement of Women in Science and Technology, established in 2000. It coordinates the state, public, nonprofit and private bodies that work towards the advancement of women in science, coordinates all Israeli programs with the European Union and increases public awareness about the problems and issues women face with regard to working or studying sciences.
• ORT Young Women for the 21st Century
, created by Israel's first certified female pilot, Yael Rom, a program which improves teaching and learning methods among teachers and pupils.
• GES project: Girls to Engineering Studies, a program designed to increase the level and number of girls who study mathematics and physics in high school, with the goal of reaching the required level to enter engineering studies in university.
• Israel Women's Network
, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, with programs that advance the standing of women and fight gender stereotypes in the education system.
• The National Institute for Technological & Hi-Tech Training (NITT), which has completed a national survey drawing conclusions on how more girls and women would be attracted to studying and working in the sciences and technologies.
• The Forum for the Advancement of Women in Academia - a group of women professors from Israeli research universities and colleges, who have the goal of placing gender equality at the forefront of university agendas by creating programs that support women in graduate studies and by lobbying for increased participation of women in decision-making positions in higher institutions of education.
• Day care for female graduate students and more flexible working hours for mothers in many institutions of academic studies and higher learning.
• A variety of scholarship programs for women undergraduates and graduates within the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Technion, as the Conference participants were able to see and hear for themselves on their visits to these institutes of higher education.
• The inspection of all school textbooks by the Ministry of Education for gender stereotyping since 2009.
Through these different programs, Israel has the experience of promoting women in science and technology, understanding that the role of women in science, technology and innovation is imperative for all aspects of development.
Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center
MCTC's establishment was the result of the conviction of Golda Meir
, then Foreign Minister of the young State of Israel, that her country, with all its recent experience as a new state, was in a particularly useful position to offer meaningful assistance to women leaders in the newly independent African and Asian states, to help them advance the situation of women in their countries.