WHO WE ARE
The Women’s International Zionist Organisation is a non-party, apolitical movement dedicated to the advancement of the status of women, children and the welfare for all sectors of Israeli society and encouragement of Jewish education in Israel and the Diaspora.
WIZO is recognised by the United Nations as a Non-Government Organisation, with consultative status on ECOSOC and UNICEF.
WIZO enriches the lives of children and youngsters in Day Care Centres and schools, provides a framework for youth in its network of youth clubs and one-on-one assistance for teenage girls in distress and victims of domestic violence. who obtain psychological counselling, rehabilitative care and legal assistance.
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Estelle Lin and Robyn Lieblich (Co-Presidents WIZO Western Australia)"A changing of the guard with two new Co- Presidents stepping forward to take WIZO WA into its next era. Robyn Lieblich and Estelle Lin were unanimously elected. Both dynamic women have a love of Israel and are passionate about the work that our International Women’s Organisation is doing in Israel. Interestingly both women are social workers which gives them an even deeper understanding of how WIZO’s work so positively impacts on Israeli life."
Ronit Chrapot (President WIZO Victoria)"The new WIZO Victoria President, Ronit Chrapot, was born and raised in the Jewish homeland, Israel. Arriving in Melbourne 22 years ago, Ronit met and married the love of her life, Marcus. Together they have four children. Her passion for WIZO began 12 years ago, and a few years later she was a founding member and President of WIZO Dor. Ronit believes that a dream becomes a vision, and then our reality, as WIZO embodies this."
Pamela Huppert (President WIZO Queensland)"We are so honoured to have Pamela Huppert as WIZO Queensland’s State President. She has followed in the footsteps of her late mother Jess Hoffman z’l who was State President of WIZO Queensland for many years. Pam has such a beautiful demeanour and an infectious smile. We are proud to have her leading the way for WIZO Queensland."
Diane Symonds (President WIZO New South Wales)"Diane Symonds, President of WIZO NSW has been involved with WIZO for the past 23 years. With a master’s degree in Special Education, Diane has always been passionate about helping and educating youth. This, alongside her love of Israel and commitment to making change, has allowed her to immerse herself into an organisation that she truly feels connected to."
Paulette Cherny OAM (President WIZO Australia)"Paulette formed WIZO Masada in 1972 and has been involved for the 48 years, being President for 4 years from 1974. She has continued to be involved as a mentor to the group over the many years. Within a couple of years of being in WIZO, Paulette was elected to the WIZO Victoria Executive holding many positions on the Executive. During these years she felt blessed to be able to attend more than two Aviv Conferences but the ones which had the greatest impact were the inaugural one in 1979 and the 10th Anniversary Aviv conference which visited Paris and Poland. She has also attended many EGM Conferences in Israel. Paulette was President of WIZO Victoria for 8 years from 2000 and has always enjoyed her work with the women in Victoria. Paulette was elected as President of WIZO Australia in May 2016 and takes the responsibilities very seriously, as well as enjoying her interaction with the WIZO State Councils of Australia and Israel. Her commitment is to ensure we make a better life for those in our care in Israel."