Women and their Bodies (WTB) is a non-profit organization that works to promote the health and well-being of women and girls in Israel, as well as their rights in health care.
Women and their Bodies
WTB was established in 2005 by women, and for women and girls, to generate social action for change and to raise awareness on a wide variety of women’s health issues. We believe that women need to have full control over their bodies, and decisions that affect their health and well-being, and that in order to do so, they need to have access to information regarding issues specific to women’s health.WTB works to reduce the gaps and create social change through field work with women and girls all over Israel and through the provision of reliable and accessible information to women and girls of all ages, throughout the life cycle.
Our work combines aspects from the fields of health and sexuality alongside gender empowerment, while promoting an overall holistic approach to health, thereby focusing on quality of life, uniqueness and strengths and not just on disease prevention and pathology. WTB produces cultural and linguistic adaptation of our work and materials for different population groups, in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian and Amharic.
women took part in our workshops and seminars
Women utilise our resources
cities and towns visited for field work
93% of participants recommend our programs
81% of our programs serve disenfranchised communities
The Need for Gender Equality in Healthcare
The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report for 2021 ranked Israel 121 out of 156 countries for the health and survival gender gap. When women are not offered comparable quality care for the same medical complaints as their male counterparts, or when different manifestations of disease are not diagnosed and treated based on differences in sex, the consequences can be dire. For women and girls, this means disproportionate suffering from conditions like fibromyalgia and auto-immune diseases that typically affect women, unequal access to healthcare, and worse health outcomes. While gender-based medicine is progressing, much work remains to be done.
WTB ensures that women’s and girls’ voices are represented in the healthcare system by addressing core issues in gender-based medicine such as:
- Chronic pain and conditions such as fibromyalgia, endometriosis, migraines, etc., which affect women disproportionately and do not receive adequate research or awareness
- Conditions that present differently in women such as heart disease, strokes, and cancers
- Issues regarding body image, sexuality, childbirth, trauma in childbirth, abortion, menopause, prevention of gender-based violence and more
- Issues related to elderly women and adolescent girls, non-child bearing ages that are less widely researched or viewed from a gender perspective