AWiB Team

AWiB Team

Historically, Ethiopian women’s place in the public and political sphere may have been marginal and largely hidden but it is always present, increasing over time. While women have been organizing and associating throughout Ethiopian history, we are now witnessing an unprecedented rise in women’s organizing focused on gender equality and women’s rights, some openly identifying as feminist. Most of these groups have hadbasis in the school system, predominantly that of Addis Ababa University.

The principle that women should lead and participate equally in key decision making flaunts tradition and culture almost everywhere in the world, least of all Ethiopia. In the 3rd seminar of the series held on June 30th which made an inquiry into whether Ethiopian women themselves are active or reluctant to assume positions of decision making, 74% of respondents to a survey we conducted confirmed that women indeed have and are actively seeking positions of leadership. Of those that shared they do not, one of the key reasons they highlighted includes the role gender bias has played as a deterrent to women’s access to leadership positions.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 13:16

Congratulations to all AWiB WOE 2017

AWiB proudly presents the 2017 Women of Excellence (WOE) nominees. Every year as we celebrate outstanding Ethiopian Women who serve their communities and country tirelessly, this year, we bring you 5 magnificent women who have reached their summit. Their full story will be posted on October Focus and they will be celebrated on October 29, 2017 at a Gala Dinner held in Sheraton Addis.  To get closer to these women and catch their fever, we urge you to join us at the AWIB 2017 WOE Gala Dinner.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:56

Lydia Tafesse

International Sport Referee

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:47

Yalemtsehay Mekonnen

Ph.D a bio-medical scientist, a professor of Cell & Human Physiology & Head of Gender Office, College of Natural Sciences, AAU

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:25

Momina Mohammed

M.D, Nephrologist

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:17

Ellene Mocria

Journalist and Media Trainer

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:13

Anna Getaneh

Founder of African Mosaique and Ethiopia Children’s Fund (ECF)

Roman Yassin was born in Addis Ababa and went to Addis Ketema High School. She came from middle class family. Since her young age, she always had a sense of her community and a giving spirit      

Her life changed when her physician ex-husband left her with three kids with no steady income of her own. She worked as a street vendor selling coffee and tea with bread then roasted barely (kolo) to make ends meet. Roman highlights, “Even though times were tough, I have instilled in my kids mind to focus more on what we have and not on what we do not.  I have always felt that we have enough to give and share. “She made sure that the basic needs of her kids are met for them to focus in school as she is a firm believer that the only sure way out of poverty for her family is her kids’ education.

If you missed the June 30th seminar in the Dearth of Women in Leadership in Ethiopia Seminar Series, then check out the session video.

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