Monday, December 21, 2009

Hashmieeni: Gender Segregation Hotline for Women in Israel

Via the Kolech website (in Hebrew, so here is a quick, free translation of the relevant information):

The new Hashmieeni hotline was recently established to help women deal with issues related to public space in Israel—specifically, involuntary gender segregation in the public space. The hotline operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at 02-671-1911. Here is Hashmieeni’s Facebook page. Here is Hashmieeni’s Twitter page. Their email address is hashmieeni at gmail dot com.

The name, Hashmieeni, comes the following italicized phrase in Song of Songs 2:14: “O my dove, in the cranny of the rocks, hidden by the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is comely” (JPS 1985 translation; emphasis mine).

The creeping increase in gender segregation in public space here needs to be addressed urgently. More power to Hashmieeni.

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