As part of an ongoing collaborative effort between the Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies) and HaMidrasha at Oranim, the National Steering Committee for Gender Issues of the mechinot has held the second of a series of three meetings. The steering committee was founded out of an understanding that awareness of gender and gender equality must be instilled in the mechinot. Mechinot that decided to take part in advancing the issue committed to a number of measures, among them a regular class on gender as part of the weekly mechina schedule, and equal representation of women and men on the administrative staff. In addition, questionnaires were administered to students at the beginning of the year, ahead of the introduction of relevant subject matter, and similar questionnaires will be administered at year’s end with the goal of identifying lessons learned and providing insights, as well as internal study and comprehensive organizational learning of the subject.
At the next meeting, the last of this series, participants will produce an educational product on the topic of gender, which will serve participating mechinot on a pilot basis and later will be distributed to all other mechinot as well.