Shelly holds an MA in Gender Studies from Bar-Ilan University, and has been working and volunteering in gender equality and women empowerment through the social sector for the past decade.
With fifteen years of experience in sales and marketing in the business sector, for the past decade she is managing volunteering projects through corporate responsibility programs (CR).
In addition to her role as head of the Forum for Young Women's NGO's, Shelly volunteers in the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Tel Aviv, facilitates workshops about preventing sexual violence and lectures about sexual harassment in the workplace. Shelly is an activist, a feminist and a mother of two daughters.
Ortal Ben Ayoun
Ortal holds a BA in Social Work from Haifa University, and an MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion institution in Haifa. Ortal started her professional path in "Yedidim" managing a hostel for children and teenagers at risk, and later continued to developing and heading the organization's employment field.
In the past four years Ortal works freelance in training, counseling and guidance of various professional teams regarding employment, in developing of employment programs and models and in career development counseling, specializing in young adults at risk.
Ortal is a member of the Forum of Young Women's NGO's for the past six years, and is a member of the forum's leading committee.
The Women's Courtyard
Liron holds a BA in Sociology and Philosophy and an MA in Sociology from Tel Aviv University. She is head of "The Women's Courtyard" non-profit, and a former manager of "Mahapach-Taghir" non-profit where she became a leader in the field of social communities. Liron also specializes in group facilitation in two fields: transforming women who want change in their lives and environments to local leaders, and community building with social change practices.
Roee holds a Master in Social work, and is a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Organizational Counseling and Development program. . Roee is a winner of the "Recanati, Cop, Rashi" award for initiating and developing the "Diurit" housing model for young women at risk together with Tali Maor. He's the former head of "Beit Ariel" hostel for teenage girls at risk in Jerusalem, and is the current head of therapy field in "Otot" non-profit.
The Socio-legal Clinic for At-risk Youth and Young Adults, The Collage of Management
Inbar holds a Bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Haifa and an MA in NGO Management and Criminology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Nowadays, as a PhD candidate at the University of Haifa Criminology School, Inbar studies the interplay between therapy and law in sexual assault cases that required professional testimonies given by therapist-witnesses.
Her previous professional experience includes heading the witness assistance program in Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Center, managing a social rehabilitative center for youth with mental disabilities in "Enosh" – the Israeli Mental Health Association and working with youth at-risk in a shelter for runaway or homeless youth under the organizational umbrella of the welfare ministry, "Elem" NGO and Haifa municipality.
Lital holds an MA in Organizational Development and Counseling. She is head of the Welfare Projects section in the "Toronto Foundation" that is supported by the Friedberg Fund. Through her work in the foundation, Lital promotes social agendas that aim to give young women at risk a better future, through identifying unmet needs and promoting policy change that benefit teenage girls and young women at risk from ultra-orthodox backgrounds.
Asefu Ora Brehanu
Asefu Ora holds a BA in Economics and Education from Bar Ilan University. She managed Leumit's medical center in Rehovot for ten years, and later was a project manager in a translation company. Nowadays Asefu Ora is the head of the medical education field in Fidel NGO.
Mika Natovich Manzur
The Sharon Sexual Assault Crisis Center
Mika holds an MA in the Sociology of Organizations and Social Change Organizations from Tel Aviv University. She is the head of Kolmila- the Anonymos Online Chat of the Sexual Assault Crisis Centers in Israel, and a former worker and volunteer at Elem, working mainly with addicted and homeless young women, and with youth in prostitution.
Iris holds a Master in Clinical Social Work from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She founded "Makkom" non-profit at 2012, which offers a community of activism for young women with no family support networks. Her professional experience includes working as a social worker in a variety of services, researching children at risk and social services, and working in the field of young adults with no family support networks for the past 13 years.
Karny holds a BA in International Relations and Sociology and an MBA specializing in strategy and entrepreneurship, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2016, Karny works in "Bat – Ami" non-profit as the manager of "Bedarchi" program for young adults at risk.
Her previous experience includes working in the Rashi foundation for six years, managing "The National-Civil Service Forum", founding and managing the R&D unit in "Maase Centre" non-profit and managing the Programs' Research and Development field in the R&D unit of the Rashi foundation headquarters.
Michal holds a Master in Social Work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is currently a student in the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. She is the head of "Ma'atefet" program which offers support and guidance to young adults at risk who volunteers in the National-Civil Service program. In addition, Michal is head of the "Activism Communities for Young Women at Risk" program at "Elem" non-profit. Michal is also a former coordinator of "Michasot Le'atzmaot" program, which assists graduates of "Hasut Hanoar" out-of-home placements in their first steps towards independence, and a former guide in "Masa Israeli" program and at a pre-military preparatory. In addition Michal is a member of the forum's leading committee.
Yeladim – Fair Chance for Children
Edna holds a BA in Education and an MA in Public Policy. After 24 years of managing different out-of-home placements, Edna is now deputy in "Yeladim" non-profit, which aims to empower out-of-home placements graduates and children with no family support networks. Edna is in charge of six main programs that the non-profit runs. In addition Edna is a member of the forum's leading committee.
Ronit Lev Ari
Ronit is a founding staff member of Beit Ruth, she leads it’s Advocacy & Outreach Initiative that is designed to help raise awareness and understanding among like-minded stakeholders about the pandemic issue of violence and abuse. Ronit also leads the volunteering field at Beit Ruth through recruitment, placement and guidance, as well as the graduates program of Beit Ruth.
Ronit holds a BA in Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science, and an MA in Criminology. She is a pioneer and trailblazer in the field of violence against women and girls in Israel, and served as the Israeli Government’s foremost authority on women’s issues under two Prime Ministers.