New Gen Q&A with Sikkuy

Join us on Tuesday 3rd March for an exclusive Young Professionals and New Gen salon with Ofer Dagan and Amjad Shbita, the new co-directors of Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality.

We will be kindly hosted at the home of NIF board member Juliet Stevens.

When: Tuesday 3rd March, 7-8.30pm

Where: Highgate (address on registration, sign up below)

This event is free, although we would appreciate a suggested donation of £5 to cover costs.

Sikkuy is one of NIF’s key strategic grantees in the area of shared society. It works to promote far-reaching changes in government policies towards Arab citizens of Israel, creating a new reality of a more equal society. I’d be delighted to see you there alongside other Young Professionals as we hear about Sikkuy’s inspiring work.

Amjad and Ofer will share their insights into leading a joint Arab-Jewish organisation. Managed jointly by Jews and Arabs working together to achieve their commitment to equality and partnership, we will learn how Sikkuy implements this policy at all levels.

Some of Sikkuy’s recent successes have included the adoption of Arabic signage on busses, by the Ministry of Transportation. Sikkuy works tirelessly to ensure that Arab citizens are represented in the public sphere, for instance by pressuring the government to adopt and stick to Resolution 922 remedying unequal budgeting for Arab towns.

As well as fighting against discrimination through policy advocacy to government, Sikkuy strives to create a shared public space based on equality, trust and mutual respect. It does this through numerous education and awareness campaigns.

We were thrilled to honour Sikkuy with a Human Rights Award in 2018, and you may remember Ofer from our award winners’ video here.

Visit Sikkuy’s website for some more information, and don’t forget to register in advance here.

Amjad Shbita has spent almost a decade at Sikkuy. Before becoming co-director he worked in the Equality Policy Department, on media representation issues and as head of public activities within the Arab society. Amjad served as secretary-general of the Jewish-Arab youth movement Banki, before managing the parliamentary bureau of MK Dov Khenin. A former member of the editorial board of AL-Ittihad, Israel’s only Arabic daily, Amjad publishes regularly in Hebrew and Arabic. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from the Hebrew University (2012) and an M.A. in Communication and Management from the College of Management (2001), and resides in Tira with his wife and daughter.

Ofer Dagan was also co-director of Sikkuy’s Equality Policy Department, having joined the organisation in 2016 to coordinate work on services and infrastructure for unrecognised villages in the Negev, as well as on Resolution 922. Ofer has worked and volunteered at leading local NGOs and social initiatives in ‎the Negev including Shatil, the Negev Coexistence Forum, the Municipality of Beer Sheva and Koach La-Ovdim  (the Democratic Workers’ Organization). Ofer completed a BA in social science and an MA in organizational ‎sociology at Ben-Gurion University and lives in Beer Sheva with his partner, Maayan.

looking forward to welcoming you on Tuesday 3rd March.