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The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) is a non-profit women's advocacy group founded by Ethiopian women lawyers. It was legally registered in 1995 and began operation in 1996. EWLA is headquartered in Addis Ababa and has six branches in Bahir Dar, Assosa, Hawassa, Adama/Nazareth, Diredawa and Gambella. The branch/regional offices are supported by 53 trained voluntary committee members organized at woreda and zonal levels; these offices provide structures to reach women at grass root level in Ethiopia.

EWLA’s vision is to see a country where women are equal to men and articulates its mission as promoting the economic, political, social and legal rights of women and assist them to secure full protection of their rights under the Constitution of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and other international human rights conventions. 

YWCA is a movement of women working for social and economic change around the world. It advocates for young women’s leadership, peace, justice, human rights and sustainable development, both on a grassroots and global scale. It is the largest women’s organization in the world, and the second oldest organization of its kind. Each year the World YWCA reaches more than 25 million women, young women and girls through their work at grassroots level in 22,000 communities. The organization is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Originally founded as the Young Women's Christian Association, the abbreviation no longer has that meaning, as their staff and the people they serve are not all young, women, or Christian. The name has been kept to maintain brand equity.

In accordance with the Growth and Transformation plan (GTP), the overarching objective of government is to reduce poverty by 2015. This includes an emphasis on the unleashing of the potential of micro and small enterprise sector to create employment opportunities, wealth and alleviate poverty through entrepreneurial skills training and provision of business development services. Many initiatives have been put in place to meet these objectives; among these is the Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC- Ethiopia), the lead implementing agency of the Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP).    

The EDP is an innovative development initiative launched by the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia represented by the Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Construction (MoUDHCo) and the Federal Micro and Small Enterprises Agency (FeMSEDA),   in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), along with support from the Government of Canada. The program aims to foster the emergence and growth of an indigenous cadre of competitive and sustainably profitable SMEs in Ethiopia.

The Network of Ethiopian Women’s Associations (NEWA) is a national network of Ethiopian societies who share the goal of advancing women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ethiopia. NEWA is committed to sustaining its transformational struggle for the improvement of women’s lives and status in Ethiopia over the long term and asks for the support in effort, passion and resources of all who care about women’s rights. Challenged by recent legislation to raise 90% of its funds locally, NEWA’s key strategy to sustain its work is to create the state-of-the-art Ethiopian Women’s Center to serve as a hub, advocating for women’s rights and fostering income generation for its network and member organizations.

Saturday, 16 May 2015 06:18

AWiB May Forum Recap

‘The missing ingredients play a major role in the perfect stew, in creating the taste that we like in any food.’ Dr. Mihiret Debebe, May 7, 2015, AwiB May Forum

The missing piece in the African Leadership puzzle

CR 1 of UN Conference hall was filled with a dynamic and diverse audience, eager to hear renowned experts shed light on one of the most pertinent issues faced in the continent-  ‘The missing piece in the African Leadership puzzle’. 

The three panelists consisted of Kebour Ghenna of PACCI, Frealem Shibabaw of the Ethiopian School Meal Initiative Director and Hallelujah Lulie, Researcher from ISS.  This subject couldn’t be better moderated by none other than the psychiatrist and author Dr. Mihiret Debebe.

The panelists tackled this topic from various angles. Frealem put forward the initial remarks from an educational standpoint. Frealem noted that the state of African leadership is intricately linked with the orientation that we give our children. At a young age, children are like a plain white paper and whatever you put there can be taken out or it can be put to better use and the reflection of it can be seen in their adult life as they will apply whatever they have learnt in school or during their childhood.  If they don’t get the right training earlier on, it would be difficult for them to adjust and effectively respond to any of life’s encounter at a later stage. As such, Frealem stressed that leadership must be cultivated from childhood.

Sunday, 29 March 2015 17:21

AWiB May forum program

AWiB’s annual Professional and Self Development May Forum will be held on May 7th, 2015 at UNCC

This year’s theme is “Leadership in Action: From Personal to Positional”


8:30 Guests taking their seats

9:00 AWiB’s 5th year Celebration by Billene Seyoum, the author of the book "Transformative Spaces: Enabling Authentic Female Leadership through Self-Transformation - the Case of AWiB", will give a talk on the book and her experience with AWiB. The book will be available at the forum.

9:45 Keynote speech on the Theme “Leadership in Action”

10:30-11:30 AWiB’s 5th year Celebration break

11:30-1:30 Parallel sessions: “The Missing Piece in Africa’s Leadership Puzzle”; “Communicate to Influence”; “Dreaming Big, Crystallizing Possibilities”

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Let’s Network & AWiB’s partners’ products exhibits

15:30- 17:30 Women in Lead: Accomplished Women sharing their inspiring journeys

17:30-18:00 “Why AWiB” by Seble Hailu, AWiB 2014 President & a short film on AWiB 2014 WOE

For tickets call: 011-663-1016/0223/ 0911203772 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Speakers on May Forum




Billene Seyoum
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icon Eugene Owusu
Seble Hailu
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Kebour Ghenna
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Brutawit Dawit Abdi
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Zemedeneh Negatu
icon Zemedeneh Negatu

Frealem Shibabaw
icon Frealem Shibabaw

Sisay Abebe
icon Sisay Abebe

Desta Hagos
icon Desta Hagos

Hallelujah Lulie
icon Hallelujah Lulie

Bruktawit Tigabu
icon Bruktawit Tigabu

Dr. Mehret Debebe, Moderator
icon Dr Mehret Debebe


Nebat Abbas, Moderator
icon Nebat


Emergence of successful businesswomen in Ethiopia – a historic perspective

One of the interesting features in the recent decade of rapid and broad-based growth in Ethiopia is the emergence of a new class of successful business and professional women. Whilst the traditional roles of women in Ethiopia have in many ways been subordinate and they still form the majority among the landless poor, there is evidence that women are increasingly grabbing the chances of being part of the expanding economy. In the same vein, women make full use of and invent new opportunities provided by the internet age.

“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” ~ Mark Twain~

As AWiB marches on with great ambition to develop strong women leaders of this nation, we salute those great people who march on with us believing this is the only way and not just about having a voice but about changing the conversation that is required to enable growth, innovation and opportunity.

Partnership is defined among other things as a cooperative relationship between people or groups who agree to share responsibility for achieving some specific goal.  Corporations have an obligation to the society that hosts them; some call this notion as Performance with Purpose – achieving business and financial success while leaving a positive imprint on society.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:28

Awib in 2014 - Responsible Leadership

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