Momentum Women™ Honor Gila Gamliel-Demri

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Host Phyllis Greenberg Heideman, Honoree Gila Gamliel-Demri, Founder Ceslie Armstrong, Host Cynthia Ekberg Tsai (photo: Patrick McMullan)

ABOUT OUR HONOREE: Gila Gamliel-Demri is the Deputy Minister for the Advancement of Young People, Students and Women in the Prime Minister's Office. She also serves as a Member of Knesset (the Israeli House of Representatives). She has spent more than 12 years in public office, serving in various bodies, starting with three terms as Chairperson of the Ben-Gurion University Student Organization, followed by the Israeli National Student Union and the Knesset House of Representatives.

Gamliel has passed numerous acts of legislation regarding, among others, Women's Rights in the Workplace, prohibition of convicted sex criminals from returning to the victim's surrounding environment, and the mandatory duty of every local authority in Israel to establish a War on Drugs committee. Gamliel is also one of the founders of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus and currently serves as its Deputy Chairperson.


In 2002 Gamliel became the first woman ever elected for the position of Chairperson of the Israeli National Student Union.

During 2005, at the age of 30, Gamliel became the youngest woman ever to hold a position within the Israeli Government, as former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appointed her to the office of Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.

In April 2009, following the Israeli general elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Gamliel to her current position. During the short year since, Gamliel has already initiated legislation granting numerous benefits to National & Civil Service Volunteers and IDF veterans, including academic tuition grants and free plots of land.

Gamliel has a master's degree in Philosophy and an LL.B degree, and is currently studying for an LL.M degree.

Gamliel is married and the mother to her 5-month old daughter Tahel, and is a role model for every young woman in Israel who wishes to successfully combine family, academic and public life.

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