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Ruth Rasnic

Ruth Rasnic (Hebrew: רות רזניק, b. 1932) is an Israeli social and political activist, a pioneer in the struggle against domestic violence in Israel, a writer and a translator. Rasnic won the Israel Prize in 2009 for her life's work.

Early years

Rasnic (née Lask) was born in Jerusalem and spent her childhood there and in Tel Aviv. At the age of 14 she joined the Etzel, and two years later joined a youth settlement group at kibbutz Ruhama. She served in the Israeli Air Force, and later worked at the Israeli embassy in London. She returned to Israel in 1956, after the death of her younger brother in the line of duty.


In 1972, Rasnic helped establish the Israeli feminist movement.

In 1977, she established L.O. Combat Violence Against Women,[1] a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting violence against women, of which she is the executive director.

Rasnic was one of the founders of the liberal Ratz political party, and served as the party's representative in Na'amat from 1981 to 1996.

In 1986, Rasnic joined the founders of the Israel Woman's Network, headed by Alice Shalvi as a member and organizer.

Prizes and awards

In 1991 and in 2006, Rasnic was recognized by the Israel Woman's Network for her contributions.

In 2000, she was selected to light a torch at the Mt.Hertzel ceremony that takes place every year at the end of the Israeli Memorial day for fallen soldiers, an honor bestowed on valued members of society.

In 2008, she was appointed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to his advisory council for women's stature.

In 2009, Rasnic won the Israel Prize for her lifetime achievement & special contribution to society and the State.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ L.O.
  2. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) - Recipient's C.V.". 
  3. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site (in Hebrew) - Judges' Rationale for Grant to Recipient". 

External links

  • Feminism in Contemporary Israel
  • Women in Israel
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