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When doing the research for this article, I encountered the usual problems of not finding adequate materials to provide the background. Moreover, I encountered what I can only described as a thinly veiled disdain for feminism in general. All the articles and books I came across were either a reaction to a specific horrific incident that happened to women in Ethiopia like Hana Lelango's gang rape, the small number of publicized acid attack cases and so forth, or they are criticizing that feminism is destroying the Ethiopian culture. However, I ran into an article that asked the question all of as needed to hear the answer to. This author writes: 

“Feminist leadership is a matter of grave concern in Ethiopia where educated women appear to be obliged to fight individual battles to sustain their own agendas on the emancipation of women. Being manipulated by the government-led ‘woman question’ rhetoric, many fail to come to terms with charting such an independent discourse. What is holding them back? Could it be their ideological make-up that is influenced by state and religious indoctrination? Or perhaps their own shortcomings where many fail to comprehend what feminist leadership is all about?”

Sunday, 02 October 2016 16:50

Women of Excellence 2016

There are quite a few courageous women and men who are quietly serving their community the best they can and igniting colossal gains. The challenges are monumental but these individuals strive to excel against the odds. Their tenacity is the hallmark of their success and commitment. AWiB chose to bring out those women of excellence from their trenches in every field and present them to the public.

We asked the community at large for nominees and we found eighteen. Out of these, we short listed six. All six will be celebrated at this gala dinner and outside judges will select with utmost care and pick the one who takes the AWiB WOE titleholder. Appreciating these individuals we trust will be inspirational to others. AWiB strives to increase the heroines of our nation so when the young are asked who their role models are, they would look inside and pick their own. The major funds raised from this event goes to help the less privileged excel in their own aspirations. We aspire to inspire! 


WOE Celebration Program, October 30, 2016 at Sheraton Addis, Lalibela Hall


16:00-16:30         Guests arrive; Music show by Hibir String Quartet at the Atrium

16:30                     WOE 2016 arrive at Sheraton

16:30- 17:45        Facilitated Dialogue with WOE & photo session with guests

17:45-18:00         Guests take their seats in Lalibela Hall

18:00            MC (Munit Mesfin) introduces the 5th year WOE Celebration and set the tone for the evening

18:15                     On AWiB (15 minutes film) & Presenting AWiB 2017 Board Members

18:50                     Acknowledging AWiB Guests of Honor: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 WOE Titleholders

19:00                     Poetry in motion by Konjit Seyoum and Elizabeth H.Wold

19:20                     Presenting the first three WOE 2016 in film

19:40                     GAMO Circus group, Female Contortionists

19:45                     presenting the 2nd part of WOE 2016 in film

20:00                    Dinner and Musical Entertainment by Hibir String Quartet

20:45                     WOE 2016 Judges on the process choosing WOE 2016 Titleholder

21:00                     Keynote Address by Bogalech (Boge) Gebre, Founder & Director KMG Ethiopia

21:15                     Announcing WOE 2016 Titleholder & Acceptance Speech

21:30                     End of 2016 WOE Celebration






Fetien Abay (PhD), professor in plant breeding & Seed, Director, Institute of Environment, Gender and Development Studies, Mekelle University

A guide to how community development is using broad-based ownership models to help low- and moderate-income communities. Marjorie Kelly, Steve Dubb, and Violeta Duncan for The Democracy Collaborative,

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 19:42

Nia Foundation - Brief Portfolio

Initiated in May 2002, Nia Foundation is an indigenous, nonprofit and non-governmental humanitarian organization established from the outset to alleviating the all rounded challenges faced by persons with autism and other related developmental disorders, and young men and women living in challenging socio-economic circumstances. Having made the necessary multispectral preparations and forging partnerships with the government, national and international NGOs, Nia Foundation was legally registered and licensed by the FDRE Ministry of Justice in 12th January 2006. While recently, the foundation is reregistered in November 2009 by the FDRE Charities and Societies Agency Proclamation No. 621/2009, as Ethiopian Residents Charity Organization with registration No0854 and permitted to operate in all regional states of the country. Its head office is located in Addis Ababa Nifas Silk Lafto Sub City, Woreda 04, House # 887.  More on the Foundation icon Nia Foundation (221.21 kB)

The May Forum is being organized for the fifth time, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosting more than 500 participants at a time, and aiming to cultivate a culture of dialogue and reflection.

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change. Click to View the Video Here

Violence against women and girls is related to their lack of power and control, as well as to the social norms that prescribe men and women’s roles in society and condone abuse. Inequalities between men and women cut across public and private spheres of life, and across social, economic, cultural, and political rights; and are manifested in restrictions and limitations on women’s freedoms, choices and opportunities. These inequalities can increase women’s and girls’ risks of abuse, violent relationships and exploitation, for example, due to economic dependency and limited survival and income-earning options, or discrimination under the law as it relates to marriage, divorce, and child custody rights. Violence against women and girls is not only a consequence of gender inequality, but reinforces women’s low status in society and the multiple disparities between women and men. (UN General Assembly, 2006)

Abuse comes in many forms: physical, sexual, FGM that compromises severely women’s health, human trafficking for the purpose of sex slaves, early marriages that hinders a woman’s earning capacity hence becoming dependent on others, and many harmful traditional practices and a man’s ill habit of having multiple partners with no regard to the health compromised of the wife sexually transferable diseases such as HIV-Aids.

Saturday, 30 January 2016 11:56

Tensai Ze Etiopia

Investing in Ethiopia’s future and betting on its future generations should and will become formidable leaders whose heart is connected to the Ethiopia’s Citizens in every aspect of the Citizens' needs. ILAE was founded by courageous Ethiopian Diasporas to offer education that inspires, nurtures and develops young women and men to be leaders in their communities, in Ethiopia, and beyond.

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AWiB would like to proudly acknowledge its partners for the year.