Anat Thon-Ashkenazy is the Executive Director of Itach-Maaki - Women Lawyers for Social Justice, an Arab-Jewish NGO in Israel working to promote the voices of diverse women in public discourse and decision making. Anat is a senior attorney, specializing in law, gender discrimination and mainstreaming gender perspectives in peace and security issues. During her years of work at Itach-Maaki, Anat piloted an initiative of more than 30 NGOs that aimed to advance a National Action Plan in Israel based on UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This work lead to far greater awareness of the resolution and its values and, ultimately to a government decision to create a National Action Plan. Anat holds LLM and LLB with honors from Tel-Aviv University. Anat recently received the 'Nachshonit Award' for her pioneering activities as an advocate promoting gender equality in Israel. In 2011, the leading economic magazine, The Marker, selected Anat as one of the seven promising young lawyers in Israel.