Following NRG Maariv expose, head of Committee for Advancement of Women MK Gila Gamliel announces changes in Egged code. One of Israel’s last bastions of sexism finally gets it.
After 71 years of blatant discrimination against women, Egged amended the code that prevented women from becoming full-fledged members of the corporation. Following an NRG Maariv article two months ago, Egged management decided to change the code and allow women to receive full membership.
In a letter sent by Egged to head of the Committee for the Advancement of Women Gila Gamliel (Likud), the company wrote that it had amended the code at the beginning of the week, thus enabling women to obtain equal membership in Egged and to be inserted into key positions in the organization – something that had been denied to them until now because they were women.
As a result of the NRG Maariv article, the Committee for the Advancement of Women summoned members of Egged’s board of directors to an urgent meeting.
Egged members were issued an ultimatum that they must amend its code within three months or the Committee would move to limit company subsidizations.
“It should be noted that once we imposed a three month limit to Egged to change its code, they worked quickly to do so”, said MK Gila Gamliel, who added “I now expect to see women members – justice has been done”.