Woman's day is the perfect opportunity to shine the limelight on the world's brave, strong, and loving women.
Unfortunately, many people, living normal lives find themselves stricken by a sudden and unexpected terror that forever changes their lives.
The journey to recovery is long and arduous, and many times the victims are left without defence or support.
We at Vision for Israel have not forgotten such women.
In honour of Women's Day, we were privileged to sponsor 200 women, members of the Organization of Victims of Hostilities, for an empowering day of pampering dedicated solely to them.
Upon arrival, the women enjoyed a wide variety of light refreshments, and then, without further ado, the pampering began!
The women sat back and relaxed as professional make-up artists, hair stylists, and pedicurists made them feel brand new. Then they allowed their bodies some much-needed rest as we spoiled them some more with a relaxing shiatsu session and reflexology treatments.
For many, it takes months to make the time for one hair appointment, let alone all the pampering treatments Vision for Israel was honoured to provide.
After being greeted by Barry and representatives from the Organization of Victims of Hostilities, Shira Isakov took centre stage as she shared her heroic story of survival.
Shira's ex-husband violently attacked her in an attempt to murder her right in front of their young son. Although Shira was severely injured, she miraculously survived to tell her story.
Understandably, many women affected by domestic violence never share their stories of survival, but Shira mustered up the courage and publicized her case. Since then, she has become a strong symbol and inspiring role model in the fight to prevent violence against women.
As a public figure, she uses her influence to work with women affected by violence and continues to encourage many to leave abusive situations and seek help.
The women then enjoyed a rich meal together, and to top it off, all laughed to their heart's content as they watched a live comedy show by the talented comedian Tzipi Shavit. The memories that often plague survivors of terror can leave them weary, afraid and lonely, but the comedy show provided pockets of joy and liberation from the burdens they carry.
At the end of the self-care day, each woman received a special surprise from us -- a gift basket packed with skin care creams.
Following the self-care day, the Organization of Victims of Hostilities received heart warming responses from the women.
They wrote to us, saying: “The event was successful and impressive. The women of the organization waited through the COVID period for such an event. Especially these days, when a wave of terror strikes us again, such an event is extremely vital. We received a lot of positive and encouraging responses.“
We honour the brave women who, despite terrible crimes of violence, rise up to live another day with dignity.
Vision for Israel stands in support of all women who are victims of hostilities and pray we can remind them how worthy they are through our words and actions.