Mavoi Satum was founded in 1995 by Leah Ain Globe, a 90 year old activist who collected the shocking stories of women held hostage by their husbands and the Israeli legal system.
Today, Mavoi Satum is the leading women’s organization advocating for women’s freedom from get abuse.
Mavoi Satum works to address the problem of get refusal both at the personal and at the national level – providing assistance to individual mesoravot get (women who have been refused a Jewish divorce), along with advocacy campaigns aiming for a broad and systemic reform in Israeli society.
Services include legal counseling and representation, emotional and psychological support and empowerment training for women as well as Supreme Court Appeals on cases that can lead to precedents for agunot and mesurevot get.
One out of every five Jewish women in Israel is unable to freely exit her marriage.
Jewish law (halakhah), which is supported by Israeli law, gives absolute authority over marriage and divorce to the religious courts and empowers men as the sole executors of the divorce process.
This leaves women vulnerable to extortion, manipulation, and abuse.
With over 25 years of experience, Mavoi Satum advocates for reform in the legal system that governs marriage and divorce in Israel.
These activities include advancing legislation and working with the Knesset to address this injustice, as well as initiatives to improve the performance and effectiveness of the existing court system.
Mavoi Satum also encourages couples to “marry responsibly” and works to spread the adoption of solutions for the prevention of aginut and divorce denial. The organization offers a range of different effective halachic tools that enable couples to protect themselves, both before and after marriage.
Some 1,700 women experience get refusal every year.
Thousands of such women (mesoravot get) are currently trapped for long periods of time, even decades, in a state of limbo and unable to rebuild their lives.