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In celebration of international women’s day, the Ambassador’s Club of Israel (ACI) hosted an event on March 3, in which Women of Valor Awards were given to two unique women. At the reception, held at the ZOA house in Tel Aviv, ambassadors and other diplomats and distinguished guests had time to exchange ideas and network.

 

The formal ceremony began with a few speeches. The opening remarks wer by the president of the Ambassador’s Club, Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan. Mr. Eldan opened the event by reminding us of the theme - think equal. Build smart, innovate for change. After Mr. Eldan, Oshra Friedman, the Deputy Director of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women for the state of Israel, spoke about gender equality. She highlighted the fact, that although women and gender equality have a come a long way, there is still a long way to go. Women’s day, as she sees it, is a call to action for everyone.

 

 

Following Oshra Friedman, the Ambassador of Slovenia to Israel, H.E. Ms. Barbara Sušnik, addressed the audience. Ambassador Sušnik discussed gender equality in the aspect of action. In Slovenia, she explained, gender equality is a priority, and she sees that being true in Israel too.

 

 

Yudit Sidikman, the founder and CEO of El Halev, was the final speaker. Sidikman explained that El Halev is about taking action against sexual harassment. El Halev teaches children and adults, of all ages and gender, empowerment through self-defense. Yudit, who is a survivor of sexual harassment, told her inspiring story of a survivor to activist. She encouraged everyone in the room, women and men alike, to take action and call for change, to make our communities and safer place.

 

At last, after all the speeches, the Women of Valor Awards were awarded. The first was given to the Ambassador of Slovenia, H.E. Ms. Barbara Sušnik, for women’s empowerment and prevention of violence against women. The second award was given to Yehudit Sidikman, in recognition of promoting self-defense and empowerment.

 

International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8th, but in many countries, including Israel, there are events held during the entire week surrounding this date. Among the many distinguished guests who attended the Ambassador’s Club International Women’s Day celebration was the Ambassador of Guatemala, the Ambassador of Slovenia, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, the Ambassador of Nepal and the Ambassador of Kazakhstan, along with many other diplomats.

 

Photos Credit: Itzik Kamilian

Ariella Rose  &  Ella Justus Segal are members of  DebateforPeace