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I would like to con­grat­u­late the Mag­a­zine on the ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle “Druze an­chor­woman shat­ters Is­rael’s glass ceil­ing” (Felice Fried­son for The Me­dia Line, Novem­ber 16).

In the in-depth in­ter­view, TV an­chor Gadeer Mreeh speaks of so­cial lim­i­ta­tions that im­pact on the life of Druze women in her home­town of Daliat al-Carmel. In fact, in this area, Druze women are cre­at­ing their own ben­e­fi­cial im­pact, and Gadeer is just an­other ex­am­ple.

The Daliat al-Carmel WIZO branch, con­sist­ing en­tirely of Druze women vol­un­teers, reg­u­larly holds lec­tures and sem­i­nars on po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship and train­ing women for lead­er­ship roles, which have had a huge im­pact on the com­mu­nity in em­pow­er­ing Druze women by break­ing down so­cial and fam­ily bar­ri­ers.

In­deed, in the re­cent mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, Samira Az­zam, a grad­u­ate of WIZO’s Po­lit­i­cal Lead­er­ship Pro­gram and the out­go­ing chair­woman of WIZO Us­fiya (a Druze vil­lage in north­ern Is­rael), was elected to serve on the Us­fiya City Coun­cil, the first woman to do so.

TRICIA SCHWITZER Tel Aviv The writer is chair­woman of World WIZO’s pub­lic­ity and com­mu­ni­ca­tion di­vi­sion.

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