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HED 45 on Sunday, October 3rd , 2021

Minister Merav Michaeli – the woman reviving Israel’s Labour party

HED is proud to feature Transport and Road Safety Minister Merav Michaeli, Leader of the Labour party and Michal Biran to discuss current and future challenges facing the party and Israel

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Transport Minister Merav Michaeli
Michal Biran

Bio- MK Merav Michaeli

MK Merav Michaeli is Israel’s Minister of Transportation and Road Safety, a position she took up with the establishment of the current government in June 2021, and was elected leader of the Labor Party in January 2021. A Member of Knesset since 2013, Merav Michaeli served as an opposition MK on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, including its subcommittees, and the House Committee.

Michaeli’s activities have extended over many issues and sectors, including; socio-economic discourse, gender equality, the relationship between state and religion, LBGTQ rights, labor rights and promoting the peace process. Prior to her election to the Knesset, MK Michaeli was a senior journalist at Haaretz, regularly publishing op-eds and interviews. She also edited and hosted news and entertainment programs on both television and radio. MK Michaeli was involved in the establishment of Galgalatz and Radio Tel-Aviv, radio stations and served as a lecturer in universities and colleges on media and gender.

In her political and parliamentary activity, MK Michaeli continues her professional and ideological path. For over 20 years, MK Michaeli has been involved in feminist activism, seeking to promote women’s equality and opportunity. She also works to promote the rights of minorities, labor rights and the peace process. In 1997, Merav Michaeli founded “Ezrat Nashim”, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support for victims of sexual assault. She is a member of the executive committee of the Israel Peace Initiative, a member of the management board of the Israel Women’s Network and headed the Knesset’s subcommittee for the fight against trafficking of women. She successfully spearheaded legislative initiatives providing support to individuals in substantial debt to Israel’s national debt collection agency and workers, and protecting the rights of members of the LBGTQ+ community. MK Michaeli has been ranked as one of the most prolific and most socially-oriented legislators.

Bio – Michal Biran is the International Secretary of the Labor Party and was a Labor Member of the Knesset between 2013 and 2019. During her parliamentary career, she worked on workers’ rights and for fair pensions. She served on the Finance; Labor, Welfare and Health; and House committees and headed a number Knesset caucuses. A member of Dror Israel for 17 years who lived in the movement’s ‘communa’, or urban kibbutz, she has a particular connection to the Zionist youth movements and headed a Knesset caucus to advance their interests. Active in the international sphere, she participated in a number of Knesset delegations, including to the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Outside of politics, she now runs a shared parenting initiative called HaChasida/The Stork.


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