When Sigal Moran, head of the Bnei Shimon Regional Council in the northern Negev, saw the Interior Ministry directive instructing local authorities to appoint at least one woman on the panel of judges for the Outstanding Worker Award, she couldn’t help but laugh.
“Our problem is finding a man to sit on the panel,” she said.
Women make up the majority of the Bnei Shimon council’s executive members and staff. Thirteen of the council’s 18 senior workers - department and division heads - are women. Only 14 of the council’s 70 employees are men.
“We didn’t set out to appoint mostly women on the council, things just happened. When the head of the council is a woman, it probably contributes to this state of affairs,” Moran says.
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