Confronting Gender Segregation in Religious Schools
Public religious elementary schools have traditionally integrated boys and girls in the same classrooms. In recent years, gender segregation was found to be slowly gaining momentum in public religious schools due to external influences. In order to combat this trend, Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah collects reports and creates parents’ forums, ultimately using legal action, media campaigns, and lobbying in order to return the public religious schools to their former values.
While over the course of the past ten years the number of children in gender segregated classes has risen from 43% to 60%, in 2013, for the first time, the number of separate first grades saw a slight decrease. (For more information, click here.)
(Picture from a seminar on gender segregation)