Oshra Friedman – Deputy Director-General, the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women

Oshra Friedman is an Israeli media personality, entrepreneur and social activist. In July 2018 she was appointed as Deputy Director-General of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women. The appointment is the highest-ranking position within the Israeli Government and its national Authorities ever attained for a woman of Ethiopian descent.

Oshra made Aliyah from Ethiopia as part of the clandestine “Operation Moses” when she was seven years old. In 2002 she received her BA degree in Criminology and Human Resources from Bar Ilan University and in 2007 earned a Master’s Degree in the field of Immigration and Social Absorption from the Ruppin Academic College. Oshra is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education and Leadership at Haifa University.

Following a long and successful career as an Education Officer in the IDF, Friedman joined the Rashi Foundation in 2000 and spearheaded the concept which led to the establishment of The Rashi Foundation’s Katzir Scholarship Fund. In 2016 Oshra became a moderator on Israel’s Channel 10  TV program “Outside the bubble” which focuses on a variety of issues affecting Israeli society. She is also part of the team that founded and manages shared Israeli leadership to Arabs and Jews.

Oshra and her husband Tzahi are the proud parents of Lidor, Or and Guy.