Court fines ultra-Orthodox radio station NIS 1m for excluding women

In a precedent-setting ruling, the Jerusalem District Court fines the ultra-Orthodox Kol Berama radio station NIS 1 million for excluding women from the air.

The judge orders the money be held in a designated fund that will be distributed to various organizations helping ultra-Orthodox women at a later date.

The Israel Religious Action Center and group Kolech filed a class action lawsuit against the radio station six years ago for its refusal to broadcast women on any of its programming.

In the decision handed down today, the judge rules Kol Berama’s “total and deliberate exclusion damages dignity and self-worth, deepens perceptions of female inferiority and prevents their influence in public discourse,” according to reports in Hebrew-language media.

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