Barbara Swirski, Executive Director

Barbara Swirski, executive director of Adva, is a sociologist and social entrepreneur: she was among the founders of the first shelter for battered women in Israel, in Haifa in 1977, and among the founders of the Adva Center, in 1991.

Barbara Swirski, executive director of Adva, is a sociologist and social entrepreneur: she was among the founders of the first shelter for battered women in Israel, in Haifa in 1977, and among the founders of the Adva Center, in 1991. She is a feminist and has written on women – among others, Daughters of Eve, Daughters of Lilith (1984), Women on the Israeli Assembly Line (1987), Calling the Equality Bluff: Women in Israel (1989 and 1991), The National Budget from a Gender Perspective (2009); and on the public health system, among othersThe Israel Equality Monitor: Health in Israel (1992 and 1998), Goals for Health Policy in the 21st Century (2001) , Working Today to Narrow the Gaps of Tomorrow (2010).