Histadrut launched a campaign TV ad to call for an end to violence against women at work and home and urge women to report cases of workplace and domestic violence and harassment.
The union said that domestic violence is already a big problem even before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the national lockdown worsened the problem. Na'amat (Histadruts’s movement of working women & volunteers) said that it has set up a shelter for battered women and a hotline for domestic violence complaints.
Na'amat, together with HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed (Histadrut's youth movement), also organised a joint demonstration in Tel Aviv on 1 June against domestic violence and the killing of women, particularly in the middle of the health crisis. The event was participated by thousands of protesters. They join Histadrut in pushing the Israeli government to take concrete steps to ratify International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work.
Israeli women are some of the hardest-hit sectors by COVID-19 due to labour market segregation, unpaid work and the recent rise in domestic violence. From March to April, women make up 55.7 percent of new jobseekers. They also represented a majority of those who applied for unemployment benefits (March-May). Among the 792,000 Israelis who filed for unemployment benefits during that period, 55.4 percent are women.