Annual Summary 2014


Dr. Sarai Aharoni, “Gender, Territory, and Terror in Israel: Women and the Second Intifada”
Dr. Aharoni holds a PhD in Gender Studies from Bar-Ilan University and has served as a visiting fellow in Israel Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, women in Israeli politics, and feminist security studies.
Her work on gender, peace and conflict in Israel has been published in Sex Roles, International Sociology, Politics & Gender, and Social Politics.
She is the co-editor of Where Are All the Women? Gender Perspectives of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Pardes, 2004). Her current book, Gender, Territory and Terror in Israel: Women and the Second Intifada, has received the 2013 Hadassah Brandeis Research Award.
Dr. Aharoni is also a researcher at the Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS) at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and is currently participating in a comparative research project sponsored by Lund University, Sweden, on Contested Cities: Challenges to Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Development. In recent years, Dr. Aharoni has spent time facilitating and consulting with international and local scholars in order to
establish the Leonard Davis Institute’s Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution, and Peace which is meant to enhance global knowledge exchange, teaching, and Israeli research about gender and international relations.

Dr. Tamir Magal, “The Relationship between Gender Identity and the Promotion of Specific Visions by Peace Organizations”
Tamir Magal holds a PhD in political science from Haifa University. His dissertation examined how changes in political context and differences in organizational characteristics affect the capacity of Israeli peace organizations to mobilize different types of resources. His wider research interests include intractable conflicts, peacemaking and conflict resolution processes, and the role of civil society organizations in such processes.
During his 2013–14 postdoctoral period at the Leonard Davis Institute, Dr. Magal’s research examined the relationship between gender identity and the promotion of specific visions by peace organizations. The study compared disparate gender-specific organizations (women and ex-combatants) to one another in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exploring the type of “vision of peace” they espoused, the types of strategies they utilized in promoting this vision, and the type of mobilization they employed.



International Workshop: Measuring Gender Inequalities: The Politics and Practice of Globa l Indices

Held October 10, 2013, at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
The workshop was run in conjunction with WIPS—The Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.

International Speakers:
Dr. Andrea den Boer, International Relations, University of Kent, Principal Investigator in the WomanStats Database Project
Dr. Donna Lee Bowen, Political Science and Middle East Studies, Brigham Young University, Principal Investigator in the WomanStats Database Project Dr. Gaëlle Ferrant, Economist at the OECD Development Center, Poverty Reduction and Social Development Unit, working for the SIGI (Social Institutions & Gender Index)

Dr. Sarai Aharoni, the Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution, and Peace