On March 21, 2012 Kayan's Coordinator of Community Work, Rafah Anabtawi, presented to the Israel Democracy Institute as part of a discussion on poverty in Israel. Participants came together to explore various definitions of poverty in a self-defined "Jewish and Democratic state" from Jewish, socio-economic, and moral perspectives. Though not originally slated as part of the agenda, objections to the exclusion of an Arab perspective encouraged organizers to invite Rafah to discuss poverty among Palestinian women in Israel. Rafah communicated the impacts of economic exclusion, emphasizing that earnest approaches to alleviating poverty among women in Israel cannot ignore the Palestinian minority. Conference participants also explored the rights and obligations of the middle class, and the responsibilities of the community, civil society, and state.
Please visit the Israel Democracy Institute online to watch the entire conference (Hebrew). (Rafah's presentation begins at 00:53:54)