Established by women, run by women, to strengthen women and their families in Israel.



WIZO spans five continents and four generations as one of the largest women’s networks in the world.



Strengthening the connection with global Jewish communities by working together for a stronger Israel.



Supported by over 250,000 volunteers in 50 federations worldwide with tens of thousands of volunteers in Israel.

About WIZO

WIZO is a non-partisan, international Zionist movement of women who volunteer for the benefit of society in Israel. Since 1920, the year WIZO was founded in the United Kingdom, WIZO, with the support of its members throughout the world, helped the Jewish Community in Eretz Israel to educate society towards humanitarianism  and equal rights; supporting women, children and youth within the framework  of the community. Today, WIZO embraces Israeli society with both arms; one arm cares for, serves, assists and supports, whilst the other fights, struggles and strives for the benefit of the children, women, elderly, new immigrants and all sectors of society in Israel. WIZO is an active leading force for social and educational activism and for the struggle to improve the position of women in Israeli society, and is one of the most important agents for change in Israel.

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Our MIssion

WIZO, the Women’s International Zionist Organisation, is a non-party international movement dedicated to creating a brighter tomorrow for those in Israel who need our help. With over 800 projects supported by 250,000 members worldwide, WIZO supports women, children, families and the elderly from different communities across the country.

Our Vision

A Zionistic, humanistic Israeli society based on equal opportunities, focused on education and welfare for women children and youth, in cooperation with the diaspora and all friends of Israel.

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Our Goals

  • To provide for the welfare of infants, children, youth, women and the elderly.
  • To advance the status of women in Israel.
  • To strengthen the bond between world Jewry and the State of Israel.
  • To support the absorption of new immigrants.
  • To provide assistance wherever and whenever the need is the greatest.

Our History

1920 – 1929

WIZO is established in the UK. Begins caring for the women & children in Eretz Yisrael

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1930 – 1939

WIZO focus on agricultural training in towns and homes and skills training for women

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1940 – 1949

Vocational training to bring women into the workforce in answer to the need for skilled workers

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1950 – 1959

WIZO works with immigrant absorption, youth at risk and equal rights for women

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1960 – 1969

WIZO joins UNICEF, World Zionist Congress assists with the war effort

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1970 – 1979

WIZO works with development towns, a new college and further legislation for women’s rights

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1980 – 1989

WIZO federations open in US, foster homes and battered women’s shelter opened

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1990 – 1999

European federations reestablished, violence prevention centers and a second battered women’s shelter opened

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2000 – 2009

WIZO leads in women’s rights, child care and youth at risk rehabilitation

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