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Israel Society & Culture: Na'amat

In 1921, the women who came to Israel in the Second Aliya organized the first feminist movement in Palestine, then called Moetzet Hapoalot and later changed to Na'amat (Hebrew acronym for "Working & Volunteering Women"). Protesting a society in which women were relegated to the kitchens while men worked the land and built the country, the women’s goal was to become full partners in the life of the Labor movement, the founding of the state and the future of the Jewish people.

Today, Na'amat is the largest women's movement in Israel with a membership of 800,000 women representing the entire spectrum of Israel society - Jews, Arabs, Christians and others.

The organization has 100 branches all over the country and also has sister organizations in other countries, most notably the United States, whose members are part of the World Labour Zionist Movement and the World Zionist Organization.

In 2008, Na'amat, together with two other women's organizations, received the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement and special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

Source: Wikipedia; Na'amat