The Forum for Gender, Law and Policy was established in 2014 with the goal of changing the landscape of feminist legal research and activism in Israel. The Center serves as the first academic platform of its kind for the advancement of research, instruction, legal training, community outreach and public policy initiatives surrounding topics of gender inequality in Israel.

Our mission is to break down barriers   to the advancement of women and to promote gender equality in all spheres of public and private life. The Forum for Gender, Law and Policy aims to achieve progress through four primary channels of activity:

(1) Supporting multidisciplinary research with an emphasis on critical gendered analysis of law

(2) Providing instruction and training for students, policymakers, attorneys and judges

(3) Shaping public policy

(4) Initiating projects focused on the connection between feminist theory and practice.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa is a natural home for the Forum for Gender, Law and Policy. It is the leading faculty in Israel in the area of gender related legal research in terms of the number of faculty members that are engaged in these issues. In addition, the Faculty of Law's pluralist nature and geographical location in Haifa produce a unique connection to feminist research and action. Haifa is one of the only cities in Israel in which Arabs and Jews live side by side. It is also the cradle of the feminist movement in Israel, and home to the movement's reformulation in the early 1970s.

To this day Haifa is a vibrant center for grassroots feminist organizations, in the framework of which Jewish and Arab women join together in collective action. As part of this pluralist environment the Forum for Gender, Law and Policy provides a unique and necessary platform, through which academic research and the world of action are interplayed with the goal of protecting and promoting equality and opportunity for women of all segments of society.

Prof. Shulamit Almog, Prof. Noya Rimalt

Founding Directors