Nivcharot is an Israeli ultra-orthodox women’s grassroots movement dedicated to empowering women to take a seat at the decision-making table.
The movement began its way in 2012, when a Facebook page titled “No Voice, No Vote” was launched by Esty Shushan. The page’s purpose was to improve social standing for ultra-orthodox women (also known as Charedi women), to counter the processes of radicalisation which led to the exclusion of women and extensive usage of segregation practices.
The movement’s leading activists identified the core issue being the lack of ultra-orthodox women who participate in the decision-making process. Therefore, promoting ultra-orthodox women political leadership in both national and local governance, as well as removing obstacles and barriers preventing the participation of ultra-orthodox women in the decision-making processes.
Nivcharot works through two main channels – an intercommunity channel and an external channel. The intercommunity channel, aimed at the ultra-orthodox society was formed to raise awareness amongst ultra-orthodox women regarding their fundamental rights – the right for representation, as well as social and civil rights.
Nivcharot undertakes external measures such as lobbying and legal means to change policy and raise awareness to the unjust reality which silenced ultra-orthodox women and deprive them of fundamental rights, such as representation.