Mahapach-Taghir focuses on empowering women and their families. Widespread social change often begins with mothers and their struggle to provide their family’s needs. While women are not always aware of their personal and public skills and capabilities, they still conduct nearly all local activism. Mahapach-Taghir’s struggle for women’s empowerment — fighting for women’s rights, knowledge, and leadership — grew organically from our emphasis on local leadership and is one of our most important goals.
Participating women learn about human rights and feminist issues and are also taught the logistics of how to petition their local government agencies on behalf of their community. In the program, women gain experience initiating, coordinating, and carrying out communal campaigns. They are provided with the tools needed to develop local initiatives based on particular interests into national-scale campaigns in the field of education.
Mahapach-Taghir has also formed a joint nation-wide women’s leadership group, composed of women from our different marginalized Communities, both Jewish and Palestinian, in order to promote equal opportunities in education and women’s rights.
One example of women’s leadership is the Second Opportunity program in Kiryat Yovel and Tamra that gives women access to higher education.