A gendered-only clothing company is trying to open a women’s store in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.
The women’s clothing company, who is part of the Women’s Clothing & Gifts Collective, is in negotiations with the municipality to open the store in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Arba, where the Women & Girls Collective is located.
The company has been in talks with the Jewish municipality for several years, and in February the company agreed to open in the city’s northern Haifa neighborhood, the company said.
The group has been working on the project for more than a year.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for women, who are living under extreme hardships, to buy clothes that represent the Jewish culture,” the company’s head, Nadav Dery, told The Jerusalem Mail.
“We have to be able to make sure that it’s authentic, and that it reflects our values.”
The store will offer men’s and women’s clothes, as well as accessories and accessories for women.
The store has been selling clothing to women for nearly two decades, but it only recently became available for men.
“The Women & Gifts collective has been fighting for decades for the right to create women-only stores in Israel, and we are very excited to open one of the first women-owned stores in Jerusalem,” said Rabbi Shimon Shapira, chairman of the Kiryats.
“This is a great day for women in Israel and for women everywhere who want to be free to wear what they want.
I hope it helps other women and girls feel liberated, free to express themselves, and free to feel like they belong in our society.”
The Women & Gems Collective is part the Women in Women’s History project.
In 2014, the group began the Women&Gifts Collective, a nonprofit organization to promote equality for women and promote women-friendly businesses.
“Women & Gems’ goal is to transform women-dominated industries into women-centric businesses,” the group’s website says.
“In this way, we hope to encourage the growth of female-owned businesses in Israeli society and the economic and social transformation of the country.”
In 2014 the group launched a women-led campaign to create a women only shopping center in the town of Dereim.
The Women&Gs Collective’s project to open shop in Haifa comes after the Women and Girls Collective opened shop in the nearby settlement of Silwan in 2015.
The Haifa store is a continuation of the Men&Genders Collective, which opened in 2015 in the West Bank settlement of Qalqilya, and is considered one of a number of initiatives aimed at changing gender norms in Israel.
“Every day in the settlements, the government does nothing to improve the status of women,” Shimon said.
“And yet women are denied access to education, housing, healthcare, employment, and opportunities for advancement.”