The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS) was established at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in 2009 with the support of The Dafna Fund. WIPS is committed to Gender Mainstreaming as an overall strategy for promoting the democratic and civil status of women in diverse social groups. This approach aims to transform the issue of gender inequality, historically conceptualized as a "women's issue," and reformulate it as a general social worldview that relates to both men and women and to all social structures. The WIPS center aims to make gender equality an inseparable part of the thought and action of legislators and decision makers in various areas.
The WIPS Center conducts research, promotes strategic thinking, and initiates projects and programs in areas relevant to implementing gender mainstreaming and gender equality in Israel. The founders of WIPS aim to make it a framework that brings together women's organizations, feminist activists, researchers, legislators and decision makers, so that their dialogue and sharing of thoughts will serve as a source of knowledge, guidance and experience for anyone interested in promoting gender equality and gender mainstreaming in Israel. The center also promotes strategies to coordinate the efforts and impact of social action designed to promote women's status and gender equality by connecting grassroots women's organizations, policy makers, legislators and those acting for broad social change.