Shula Keshet

Activist Type
Human Rights, Environment, Women's Rights

Shula Keshet is a Mizrahi feminist, activist, artist, writer and curator living in South Tel Aviv-Jaffa. She is a leader involved in many social movements, constantly seeking justice for the underprivileged in Israel. Keshet is specifically working against the deportation of asylum seekers, fighting against gentrification, and battling environmental hazards caused by the second largest bus station in the world. Shula has organized numerous demonstrations and protests for these causes, as well as public meetings and cultural events to encourage dialogue and action planning.

Keshet was a founding member of the Mizrahi feminist group “Achoti – For Women in Israel”, establishing Southern Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s first community center in the area. She has also served as editor-in-chief of Achoti Press, writing and reporting on social issues. Keshet’s identity as a Mizrahi feminist informs her work as an activist and an artist. She has initiated several art exhibitions, such as “Black Labor”, which was based on meetings and events between Mizrahi, Ethiopian, Palestinian, and Bedouin women artists. Keshet is also behind the exhibition “Women Creating Change”, which contained the portraits of feminist activists. Keshet utilizes art as empowerment, curating art shows that inherently speak to the audience about oppression and inequality.

Shula also founded the Libi BaMizrach festival, celebrating Mizrahi culture and continuing her work in connecting women from diverse communities, and she continues to serve her community as a city council member. Keshet has won several awards for her significant contributions, such as the Bellush Israeli Feminist Award  in 2011, the Yeshayahu Leibowitz Award in 2014, and the Emile Greenzwieg Human Rights Award in 2019.

Artwork by
Jennie Soccio

Shula’s likeness is composed of the Audre Lorde quote, ‘there is no liberation without community,’ acknowledging the Black feminist leaders that influence Mizrahi feminism. The quote is also a nod to her curated art exhibitions that bring diverse women together. The portrait honors Shula by interpreting her unique art style, which is guided by her religion and home.

Israel

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Population
9.364 million
Capital
Jerusalem
GDP (PPP)
$54,771
Founded
May 14, 1948
Total Area
20,770–22,072 km
Demonym
Israeli
Government
Unitary parliamentary republic
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