Forum Dvorah was initially established in Tel Aviv in 2009 with the support of the Institute for Inclusive Security, founded by former US Ambassador Swannee Hunt, in order to promote the inclusion of women in national security decision-making processes and in peacemaking negotiations.
This initiative came in the wake of UN Security Council Resolution1325, which stresses the importance of equal participation and involvement of women in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
In 2015, Forum Dvorah became an independent registered non-profit association in Israel (Amuta No.580604585).
We are a non-partisan, non profit NGO with an active network of professional women in an array of fields relating to Israel’s national security and foreign policy.
Our participants come from a variety of opinions on the political spectrum and from various backgrounds.
The Forum is named after the Biblical prophet Dvorah (Deborah): a leader, judge, counsellor, warrior and poet - by all standards an extraordinary woman of her time who serves as a role model and source of inspiration to this day.
*Marc Chagall's depiction of Dvorah
The equal representation of women in key decision-making positions in the fields of national security and foreign policy; within the Israeli security and policy-making establishment, and in the public discourse - based on the understanding that this end-goal contributes and enhances Israel's national security.
Forum Dvorah provides a critical organisational platform for leading Israeli women to work towards a more stable, gender-balanced democracy and a more egalitarian and inclusive society in the context of Israel’s presently male-dominated and militarised society. It has created a network of women who are leading figures in Israel on national security and foreign policy, and is supporting the development of the next generation of leadership among younger women in these fields.
Working towards this end, and with allies and fellow stakeholders in the Knesset, the Cabinet, and other civil-society organizations, Forum Dvorah has been instrumental in ensuring the inclusion of women in various high-level forums and committees dealing with a wide range of issues from foreign policy, security, to service reforms in the Israeli Defense Forces.
The Forum’s members have also contributed to opening up the Israeli security discourse through their participation in academic, public policy and other professional panels on security-related issues in leading national and global conferences; in the Israeli and global media; and in professional journals and other publications.
Forum Dvorah is proud to be a member of the Civil Society Advisory Panel (CSAP) on Women Peace and Security to NATO.
CSAP is a unique forum for regular consultation and dialogue between civil society and NATO on Women, Peace and Security, that works through the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.
The Civil Society Advisory Panel was established in 2016 and was renewed in 2019.