In late 2011, an aggressive anti-choice campaign began to form in Israel alongside an increase in the number of anti-choice advocates within the Knesset. Only one organization existed in the country to provide services to those wanting to have an abortion, and it only assisted teenage girls. Therefore, many women struggled with difficult reproductive choices and lacked the access to resources for objective information, guidance, and support. In response, women’s rights organization and previous grantee Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center (ISHA) requested funds to run a training course for volunteers and to create both a volunteer-run Internet forum and support hotline for women, where those needing help can call and ask questions about abortion and receive non-biased and factual information. The organization also plans to use the funds to publish information flyers and create stickers to raise awareness of the new services provided.
ISHA’s mission is to advance the status and rights of women and girls, and to promote peace, security and socio-economic justice from a feminist perspective through: education, research, and dissemination of knowledge, as well as advancing legislation and holding public events.