A class action suit in the amount of 104 million NIS was filed by the Kolech Organization against Kol Berama Radio, citing gender discrimination. Kolech describes itself as the “Kolech – Religious Women’s Forum is the first Orthodox Jewish feminist organization in Israel.”
The lawsuit maintains that the chareidi station is in violation of the terms of its operating license, which it received when it began broadcasting in 2009 because the voice of women has simply disappeared. “The station refuses to put women on the air, not as hosts or one being interviewed” the suit explains.
It is further explained that if a woman wishes to respond to a report, she is limited to leaving her thoughts on a voice mail and is not permitted to call in and speak on the air. “They are banned from having their voices heard on the air”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)