Yifat Ovadia has a long record of social and human rights activism in Israel. She cofounded the Justice Haim Cohen Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights and served as a member of The Administration of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel from 2007 until 2010. For many years, Yifat has provided free legal services to a number of social organisations and has served as a member of the administrative board of Tebeka – Justice and Rights for Ethiopians. In 2006, Yifat and Adva Hadar founded Olim Beyahad, which encourages leadership among Ethiopian Israeli University graduates, and she continues to serve as its Executive Director.
Our Voice of the Week is a Middle East Institute panel discussion on the role of Women in art and peacebuilding in the Middle East. The panel featured three artists, Alia Ali, Lulwa Al Khalifa and Helen Zughaib and was moderated by National Public Radio’s Neda Ulaby, 7 September 2017.