Published on CAFOD’s website in April 8′ 2015.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Wafa Tiara, head of women and employment for CAFOD partner, WAC-Maan in Tel Aviv has received an award for her work.
The award, from the local council of her home town, Kufr Qara represents the first time they have awarded women for their contribution to society.
Wafa was honoured by the council, for “her extraordinary effort and her difficult and insistent work for opening work places for women. For safeguarding their rights in the labour market and for strengthening their social status in the family and in society.”
Receiving the award at the 170-strong event, Wafa said: “Many women who attended the event already knew me and my work with WAC-Maan, but it was the first time since I began the project almost ten years ago that these efforts were honoured publicly and recognised, and the question of the right of women to find decent work and make a living and be active socially was recognised in public.
“I was extremely moved by the event, and so were my husband and four sons, who are witnesses to the long hours of work, to the incessant telephones day and night, to the difficulties, and finally to the achievements and recognition. It made me more proud than ever of being a leader in the WAC-Maan project of Women and Agriculture.”
Wafa began as an unorganised agricultural worker, joined the WAC-Maan project at the beginning as a worker, and due to her dedication and inner conviction in the project, she was promoted to take responsibility for opening job opportunities, mobilising the women to teams, organising them, helping them to get jobs and becoming a role model for them.
CAFOD’s Olwen Maynard Programme Officer for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory stated: “Wafa’s work with WAC-Maan is truly inspiring. It is no accident that she has received this award and we believe it is thoroughly deserved.
“The status of Arab women in Israel and across the world is one of the biggest issues of our time. This award recognises the importance of Wafa’s and WAC-Maan’s work and gives credence to the idea that empowered women are absolutely essential not only to build a country’s economy, but also to realise a truly humane and human society.”