The Program for Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women at the Mahut Center in Haifa and Kol Ha-Isha in Jerusalem

By Judith King, Denise Naon, Dalia Mandler

Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, December 2011

Research findings and field experience have shown that suitable programming may help women from vulnerable groups participate in the labor market to a greater extent and develop financial independence. The Program for Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women was designed to advance women from vulnerable groups towards financial independence, addressing the poorly educated, mothers of small children (whether married or single), new immigrants, ultra-Orthodox and Arab women. Towards the close of 2007, TEVET asked the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute to examine the implementation and operation of the program in the light of its explicit goals; the extent to which participants found good jobs; and whether the implementation of the program yielded an intervention model applicable to other settings in Israel. The study was conducted in 2008-09. Some of the main findings are: --66% of the participants not-employed at the time of entry into the program were employed 15 months later, compared with 30% in the comparison group. --Other participants, employed at the time of entry, improved the quality of their employment. --All the self-employed and 81% of the wage-earners were very satisfied or satisfied with their work --In Haifa, the program was fully implemented. In Jerusalem, there were implementation problems: the number of participants fell short of plans and not all components were implemented. Nevertheless, the employment rated improved at both centers.

Topic: Social Services, Israeli Arabs, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Program Evaluation, Women


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Coverage: Haifa, Israel , Israel , Jerusalem, Israel

Language: Hebrew

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King, Judith. Naon, Denise. Mandler, Dalia. The Program for Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women at the Mahut Center in Haifa and Kol Ha-Isha in Jerusalem. Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. December 2011:


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