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NOOR INITIATIVE

FOR ARAB YOUNG WOMEN

Teenage girls and young women in Arab society often feel conflicted about their identity as women in a minority group wavering between conservative, traditional values and the modern world. The unique difficulties they face are indicated, for example, by a lack of basic skills such as a driver's license and Hebrew\English literacy; limited access to higher education and to meaningful employment; and a high rate of premature marriage.

The Noor ('light' in Arabic) initiative was launched is response to the large gap between the needs of this population and the available solutions. It is intended to develop a model of intervention to advance young Arab women (16-25) who experience social, economic or personal difficulties and have too little opportunities, but are also strongly motivated to change their lives and fulfill their aspirations. The initiative aims to advance and empower them in all dimensions, including personal and emotional situation, financial independence, leadership and social involvement.

The pilot program is community-based, with a holistic center in each locality providing a range of services addressing the most acute needs and obstacles – social status, education and employment. The centers' activity combines individual and group work and includes life skills workshops, matriculation and psychometric exam studies, vocational guidance and training, and more.

 

After operation in 7 communities over four years, the Ministry of Social Sericeswill take full responsibility for nationwide implementation.

PARTNERS:

  

Ministry of Social Services

National Insurance Institute

Isabel and Alfred Bader Foundation

  • 44% of Arab women aged 18-24 are not studying or working, compared to 14% in Jewish society (2015)

  • 84% of the girls who married at age 17 or earlier were Muslim (2013)

  • The monthly salary of Arab women is 57% lower than Jewish women (2015)