The Women’s International Zionist Organization’s Societal Contributions

2zionA nonprofit, the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) is comprised of volunteers in various parts of the world that have chosen to focus on the social welfare of Israeli society and its multiple sectors. The organization also strives to advance the status of women as well as promote Jewish education in Israel. WIZO is currently the largest provider of social welfare services.

WIZO began in 1920 in Great Britain and it would go on to receive recognition in 1959 by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization. It was the first Zionist organization to receive consultative status at the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (known today as UNICEF) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

WIZO’s American branch was launched in the 1980s as a way to strengthen ties and provide funding to various projects based in Israel. The organization has since managed over 700 social welfare programs including homes for girls in distress, child care centers, shelters for battered women, and services for the elderly. WIZO was awarded the Israel Prize for its contributions to society and its many achievements.

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