Profiles of Valor: Israeli Women Activists Tell Their Stories

What motivates a person to pursue an activist path?

By Ayelet Vardi

A path that is not driven by the coin of materialism and capitalism? A path that is not striving toward recognition, fame, or comfort, but rather is simply seeking to make a positive impact on society?

I posed these questions to ten women who are actively making a difference in Israel today. They represent the many facets of Israeli society: they are Arabs and Jews; secular and orthodox; mothers and single women; and members of minority cultures and nationalities. They are all dreamers and doers, and they all have a compelling story about their motivation to advocate for change.

Anat Thon

Lawyer for Social Justice; Coordinator of the Israel 1325 Project; Program Director at Itach-Maaki

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Photographs in this series: Jennifer Gabou Bokobza

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