Webinar | Abortion and Gender Equality in Israel: From Academia to Activism

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12:00 pm

During Gender Equality month and in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, we invite you to join us for a special presentation on the state of women’s rights in Israel, led by University of Haifa Professor of Law and founding co-Director of the Forum for Gender, Law, and Policy, Dr. Noya Rimalt. Dr. Rimalt will discuss the changing landscape of feminist legal research in Israel and highlight the Forum’s work on abortion and reproductive rights in informing Israeli public policy and encouraging community outreach.

Dr. Pnina Lahav, Professor of Law at Boston University, will join us for a special introduction and concluding comments.


PNINA LAHAV, J.S.D. is a Professor of Law, Emerita and a member of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University. Her fields of expertise are constitutional law, first amendment law and legal history. She is the recipient of, most recently, the Israel Studies Award for Lifetime Achievement (2017) and the Prime Minister Golda Meir Award for society and leadership (2021).

She is the author of the acclaimed Justice in Jerusalem: Chief Justice Simon Agranat and the Zionist Century. Lately, she has focused her attention on the status and history of women. Dr. Lahav’s forthcoming biography of Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth prime minister, presents Golda Meir’s life in the context of the twentieth century through a gender lens. It will be published in September 2022 by Princeton University Press.

NOYA RIMALT, J.S.D. is a Professor of Law at University of Haifa. She specializes in gender issues, criminal law, and feminist legal theory. Her work analyzes the intersections of gender, law and feminism in both legal theory and practice. She is also the founding co-director of the Forum for Gender, Law, and Policy.

In recent years Professor Rimalt was a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto Centre for Ethics and a visiting professor at Georgetown Law Center and at the Washington College of Law at American University. Currently, she is a scholar in residence at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University.