The idea is simple: we provide students from one of the most marginalized communities in Israel, the trans community, with funding for an academic scholarship.Transgender individuals often suffer from social exclusion, discrimination, and prejudice, and, consequently, have difficulty in integrating into the labor market and academia. In addition, there are few academic studies on transgender people, which results in lack of development of appropriate solutions for problems this population faces. According to a survey of the Commission for Equal Opportunities of the Israeli Ministry of Economics, 86% of transgender people report that they have experienced discrimination in employment.
Successful integration of transgender people into the labor market and into academia will contribute to their personal advancement, as well as to the advancement of the transgender community as a whole. This integration will lead to increased research on transgender subjects, and to progress in other fields, specifically in hi-tech, by promoting it's gender diversity.
Rationale and objectives of the program:Changing attitudes and providing aid to the transgender community.
• Increasing the number of transgender academics, especially in areas that help the community (psychology, medicine, law, social work, and more), and in computer science.
• Furthering academic activities in the transgender community.
• Aiding transgender individuals enter the workforce, by enabling them to obtain an academic degree.
• Promoting gender diversity in the work place, particularly in Hi-Tech.
• Strengthening Ma'avarim's activism with academic volunteers in order to bring further progress to the transgender community.