Full Text Israel Political Brief March 7, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahum Meets with Women in the Senior Ranks of the Civil Service on the Occasion of International Women’s Day



PM Meets with Women in the Senior Ranks of the Civil Service on the Occasion of International Women’s Day

Source: PMO, 3-7-13

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon, in his Tel Aviv office, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, attended a meeting with women in the senior ranks of the Civil Service.

Among those attending the meeting were: Deputy Minister for the Advancement of Women Gila Gamliel, Prime Minister’s Office Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women Vered Swaid, Negev and Galilee Development Ministry Director-General Orna Heisman, Education Ministry Director-General Dalit Stauber, Culture and Sports Ministry Director-General Orly Froman and Environmental Protection Ministry Alona Sheffer-Karo.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “You reached the senior positions that you hold thanks to your abilities. The advancement of women must not be delayed because they are women. You have made very major contributions to the achievements of the Government of Israel. The results that you have brought, more than anything else, break the stigmas. This is a lengthy process that takes time. I suggest that you do not go for representation that is just for show because it could have an opposite effect. Continue bringing about results.”

Deputy Minister Gamliel said: “The idea is to incorporate the gender perspective in public discourse, in legislation, in the policies of government and civil agencies, and in research priorities. Women must be full partners in every sphere. Their voices must be heard and their views must be presented on every issue – socio-economic, diplomatic, economic and security. In modern society, fateful decisions cannot be made for the public without full partnership – in discussions and debates, and in decision-making – between the sexes.”

Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Harel Locker said: “Integrating women into the labor market is very important, as is incorporating gender-based thinking in decision- and policy-making. This can contribute to economic growth since in the current situation, half of our human capital is not being fully utilized.”

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