Multi-Ethnic Coalitions

Project Kesher activists are trained to reach out to people of other faiths and nationalities, other organizations, and government agencies to promote women's health and economic power and support women’s issues in their communities. These coalitions work together proactively on shared issues, developing trust and good working relationships that serve them well in the unfortunate event of a hate crime or community crisis.

PK-funded activists form interfaith coalitions and partnerships with government officials, academic and medical institutions, law enforcement, NGO’s, crisis centers, the media and more to identify key issues in society and strategies for addressing them. Advocacy areas include: Addressing bullying, combating racism and anti-Semitism, interfaith families, tolerance and diversity education, women’s health, and domestic violence.

In 2018-2019, PK’s interfaith cooperation program was implemented in 90 locations across Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, encompassed more than 120 activities, reached 7,000 women from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities, and engaged about 150 partner organizations.

Example programs include:

  • In Bryansk, Russia, Project Kesher convened a roundtable of 38 organizations who successfully petitioned the government to reinstate funding for the public health doctor assigned to work with women and girls. The position had been cut despite high teen pregnancy rate.

  • In Volgograd, Russia, Media coverage of women’s issues often fosters negative stereotypes about women and girls. Project Kesher formed a women’s council with representatives from 28 organizations whose first resolution was to work with local media to change reporting practices about women and women' s health issues. For example, they successfully demanded the media stop referring to post-partum depression as “bad mother’s disease.”

  • In Georgia, a region particularly vulnerable to human trafficking, Project Kesher convened a nationwide anti-trafficking meeting and has overseen ongoing cooperation among the participating organizations.