The GRANIT Organization acts on behalf of women in Israel who are divorced or separated. The organization offers support to women at the time of a family crisis through support and empowerment groups, an attentive ear on an open telephone, providing general information and preliminary legal counseling free of charge, and referrals, when needed, to attorneys. The organization advances legislation on issues dealing with discrimination against divorced women.
The GRANIT Organization was founded at the beginning of 2000 by a group of women from various family backgrounds and professions, to contend with the problem of divorced women and separated women going through divorce and help them find solutions to ongoing crises.
DIVORCE AS A GROWING SOCIAL PHENOMENON
The accelerated social changes that characterize modern life at the beginning of the third millennium find expression, among other things, in a steep rise in the rate of divorce, and it is a serious social problem. It reaches an extent of around 10 percent of the adult female population in Israel. (More than 170,000 women). There are economic, psychological, and social ramifications to this problem, which are particularly hard for women. Women find it hard to obtain appropriate legal counseling, to realize rights in family property, to realize their rights in the family old age pension, and their personal, legal and economic status, which is inferior to the man's, and harms their right to determine their paths in life.
In the last decade the number of divorced couples has doubled. Out of every three couples who get married today, one couple will divorce.
Divorce is a crisis process tied to legal and personal questions of considerable weight and it harms the economic, social and emotional state
of every family member.
The crisis of women in divorce is particularly severe because:
Their economic capability is low and many of them, mainly aging women or young women caring for small children, encounter an economic crisis.
Their potential for rehabilitation is small, because most of them did not develop in the past or cannot develop in the present, economic independence, by dint of their traditional role as child raisers and family managers.
Deep long range psychological damage on account of social stigmas.
The unequal position in which they are held in the religious establishment according to which marriages and divorces are handled in Israel.
THE GOALS OF THE GRANIT ORGANIZATION
To be a known, available, and unique address, and a source of support and assistance for women in divorce situations.
To act to raise public consciousness in general and among women in particular about their legal, economic and social rights in Israel.
To act to advance legislation for equal social and economic rights for women, in order to reduce the gaps between women and men in the area of marriage and divorce.
To expand and assure freedom of choice for women in Israel regarding the family framework they desire.
To strengthen the social status of divorced women.