This symposium is part of a program spearheaded by Kol HaIsha―the feminist women’s center in Jerusalem―and the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), with the cooperation of other women and organizations and inspired by a program developed and first implemented in New York.
The “Leading Safe Families” program has two main goals. The first is to act through religious leaders against all manifestations of domestic violence, on the assumption that exposing these key people to vital information, and equipping them with practical tools for action, will engender change within traditional communities, in which religion is significant on every level. The second goal is to strengthen interreligious and intercultural relations by means of joint learning and by defining internal problems as universal problems.
The symposium is geared toward religious leaders from a variety of communities, as well as other key figures, and aims to empower them and encourage them to act with regard to domestic violence and to equip them with primary practical tools for providing help to their communities, and for continued learning.