Bread and Roses is an annual art exhibition in which hundreds of artists, both Arab and Jewish, male and female, participate. This includes renowned and veteran artists, as well as those who have recently completed their studies and are at the beginning of their artistic journey.
Every artwork acquired at the exhibition contributes significantly to projects that promote the status of women in Arab society in the field of employment and their integration into the modern world. 25% of the proceeds from sold artworks are returned to the female artists, while the remaining 75% is invested in projects by Ma’an – The Workers’ Advice Center in partnership with the Sindyanat Al Galil Association. These projects aim to advance the status of Arab and Palestinian women.
The “Women and Work” project in the Triangle area assists women with limited academic education to integrate into the job market. Every year, we help 250 women find suitable and fair employment. In the past two years, we have also initiated a hydroponic agriculture project: 30 women are using advanced systems to cultivate vegetables at home, improving their families’ nutritional security and promoting innovative ecological solutions within the community. Currently, we are expanding this project to include kindergartens and schools.
Ma’an’s branch in East Jerusalem aids hundreds of Palestinian women in entering the job market and asserting their rights against abusive institutions and employers.
A second partner of the “Bread and Roses” exhibition is the Sindyanat Al Galil Association, which promotes fair and sustainable trade and encourages the employment of Arab women in the Galilee. Recognized for its exceptional example and contribution to the livelihood of Arab women, it was selected by Forbes Israel in 2020 as one of the 15 most successful small businesses of the year. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the association has continued to produce olive oil and other food products, mostly for export. Unfortunately, due to the challenging situation in tourism, the Sindyanat Al Galil Visitor Center in Kfar Kana, which employed local women to conduct workshops and host thousands of visitors, has suffered greatly.
Join us in empowering Arab and Palestinian women at the lower rungs of society and building a just and economically healthy modern society where Arab and Palestinian women have equal partnership.