Testimony delivered before the UN Human Rights Council by Dr. Einat Wilf
on behalf of the Women’s International Zionist Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, March 18, 2019.
My name is Einat Wilf. It is my distinct honor to speak on behalf of WIZO, the Women’s International Zionist Organization, a global, all-volunteer provider of social services in Israel for women, children and families of all backgrounds, equally.
I am a Feminist and a Zionist. A proud one. I will apologize for neither.
For millennia, women and Jews have been placed on a lower rung of the ladder of societies. They were forced to accept that they had no power to determine their fate. Others would do that for them.
Feminism and Zionism liberated women and Jews in the name of equality. Feminism and Zionism enabled us to say loud and clear: I refuse to be seen how you wish to see me, I am not your inferior, I can be so much more than I am allowed to be, and I will be free to make the most of my humanity.
Today I stand before you, a proud Jew and a strong woman, thanks to the efforts of Zionist and Feminist revolutionaries. I commit to continuing the revolution until this chamber and governments and people around the world stop trying to take us back to a dark time when we were powerless, defenseless, and at the mercy of others. No more.