From a crowned Ethiopian-Israeli beauty queen to a campaign aimed at integration, women are changing the landscape in Israel. The Jewish Agency and the state of Israel are aiming to complete their last mission to bring Jewish Ethiopians to Israel in August. Immigration is up, and since October 2012 roughly 7,000 Ethiopians have moved to Israel as part of the mission. The Ethiopian-Israeli women still face hardship, and many are employed as unskilled workers. Nevertheless, they’re gaining respect in the country. An Ethiopian-Israeli won Israeli Idol recently, and others own businesses. But, as the recently crowned Miss Israel said, there is still a long way to go.
After immigrating to Israel for decades, Ethiopian Jews are holding significant roles in government and beyond.