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Saturday, 16 December 2017 03:14

This Is My 2018 Work Resolution

Many people use the new year as an opportunity for self-improvement. They take a look at what they want to fix in their lives and make a resolution to do better.

In many cases, those resolutions are personal. People resolve to lose weight or to spend more time with their families.

But you can also use the turning of the calendar as an opportunity to improve your work life as well. There are many ways to do that, and even if you're an excellent performer, there's always room to grow.

Saturday, 16 December 2017 03:05

End of the Year Monthly Meeting Recap:

As always, the last month of the year meeting was bid farewell with the gathering of our phenomenal 2017 Women of Excellence (WOE) nominees W/o Ellene Mocria, W/o Lidya Tafesse, Professor Yalemtsehay Mekonnen and the 2017 WOE Titleholder W/o Anna Getaneh. It was a cosmic event not to be missed, with an intimate set-up where all attendees got to personally interact with our titleholder and nominees.

We were divided into four groups with each group having one of the 2017 WOE as their focal point. You could hear laughter, see admiration behind the thoughtful questions being asked as each group interacted with our honored guests. Each honored guest got to rotate and meet eagerly awaiting attendees within each group. Below are some of the interesting questions that our 2017 WOE were asked:

‘AWiB Listens’ is an evening of life-giving conversations that you can shape. AWiB is inviting you for the fourth time this January and AWiB will listen.

Held in the past four years, it received a significant response from members and non-members, as it challenged one’s mind at different levels and fostered friendships that are still evolving.

Again, this World Café will enable those present to network with women who have never met before, but have something in common. This year AWiB President Metasebia Shewaye Yilma and Sewit Haileselassie will be facilitating this unique conversation.

The idea of ECF (Ethiopian Children’s Fund) was first ignited in the mind of its founder Anna Getaneh in 1993 during her trip to East Africa on a charity trip. She came to the region for a week with an international charity organization, Pharmacists without Borders, to deliver medicines for Ethiopian,Kenyan and Somali refugees. During her stay, Anna volunteered in the feeding program in refugee camps in Moyale, the border of Ethiopia and Kenya, where she saw the level of disparity and anguish of refugees, particularly children.

Friday, 01 December 2017 06:24

Yelije Siket book by Asefach

AWiB is delighted to announce the launching of a great book, “Yelije Siket” (my child’s success) by our own Asefach Haileselassie, a Psychologist who successfully raised three children as good citizens of this great nation. Assefach has worked with children and youth centered organizations and counseled parents for over 25 years. She is also a Founder & Manager of BEZNA Counseling and Training Center PLC.

Roman Tafessework, a tenacious young woman, is an ardent AWiBer and an active supporter of the movement. There are very few who we consider pillars of AWiB and Roman is one. Roman was born in Merhabete from a family of six and grew up in Addis Ababa.  Roman holds a master’s degree in Marketing Management.

Roman works for Boston Partners as an Executive Director. She, along with her colleague oversees the company’s vast projects and manages the existing operations: the Kuriftu resort chains, Boston Spa, Diplomat, Vault and other running operations of the Boston group. She is also responsible for proper and timely execution of ten projects on the pipeline--making sure visions turn into reality. She acknowledges, as a true leader would, her success in her profession is also based on a strong team that she is afforded at Boston Partners.

Roman has an extensive experience in the hospitality industry.  She served as a GM for Jupiter International four star Hotel at agetwenty three. She started her hospitality industry career as a department Manager at Global Hotel. She says she haslearnt a great deal from her past experiences. She gives credit to her bosses in her professional experiences, always to a strong team and to great mentors, Beyam Bisrat, Managing Director & Elias Assefa, Deputy Managing Director of Jupiter Hotel. Her experience, educational background in Hotel management and willingness to learn from others, she says prepared her to excel and give more in her current position at Boston Partners, a dynamic company with a dynamic CEO, fast paced, and expanding at neck breaking speed.  She handles the pressure with grace and humility that any good, self-assured leader would. 

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

Anna Getaneh is the founder and creative soul of African Mosaique. Her vision is focused on three elements: sourcing, manufacturing and developing talent in Africa. A fashion-cultural enthusiast, humanitarian, and an acclaimed former international model, her modeling career spanned close to ten years. After having lived and traveled all around the world, Anna recently moved to Ethiopia to start the African Mosaique Design and Fashion Center where she designs, promotes and provides mentorship for the younger generation of Ethiopian designers. Anna‘s move back to Ethiopia is also to run her school that started 16 years ago and to work on opening more schools with the same holistic model in remote villages in Ethiopia.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:59

Menelikish men - ReCap

AWiB hosted another wonderful, thought-provoking and entertaining monthly event entitled “AWiB’s Menelikish Men: Men who Support Women”. The panelists shared their personal and professional experiences on the issue. The presentation was really a cohesive conversation between the speakers and the audience. Elements of culture, religion, leadership, child rearing, maternity and paternity leave, policy and self-evaluation were all touched upon, wholly revolving around various aspects of women lacking adequate support on all levels of their personal and work life.

First panelist, Dr. Mehret Debebe, is not only a consulting psychiatrist but also an author and a motivational speaker. With a focus on mindset change and personal development, Dr. Mehret provides various corporate trainings, has published two renowned novels widely read by the Ethiopian public and is also a regular radio guest as an advisor on personal development matters. He started off by saying that we are all born with “infinite possibilities to be either selfless or selfish” and that is what determines whether a man can truly support a woman. Dr. Mehret believes that in order for a man to truly support his counterpart, he must first understand and be in tune with himself as an individual; he must essentially love himself first. He made a clever analogy stating that men and women are but hardware with different software and as such should be approached accordingly with patience and respect and most importantly with the notion that “the concept of support” cannot be forced unto anyone but better yet trained.

The equality gap between men and women would take 100 years to close at its current rate, an economic monitoring group has suggested.

It is the first time that data from the World Economic Forum (WEF) has shown a year-on-year worsening of the gender gap since it began charting it in 2006.

The report ranks 144 countries by economic opportunities, education, political participation and health.

Women are measured as having 68% of the chances and outcomes that men have.

This is slightly down from the 68.3% measured last year.

The group predicts that it would a century to close all areas of equality it monitors globally, well up from the 83 years predicted in 2016.

Read the full story.... 


Yalem Seyoum was born in Maichew , South Tigray  where she attended her elementary and junior secondary schooling. While in high school at Atse Yohannes secondary school in Mekelle  , Yalem was one of many Ethiopian students who participated in the “Edget Behibret” - Development Through Cooperation Campaign. She was first sent to Abi Adi and then to Hagereselam.  While on this assignment, Yalem joined the student movement in 1976. With months left for the Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Exam(ESLCE), popularly known as Matric at the time, she  joined the armed struggle as a member of  a city cell. Much to her dismay, however, she was unable to sit for it due to the existence of mass, politically motivated killings known as Red Terror. In March of 1978, Yalem said goodbye to her studies and joined the armed struggle. Speaking of her decision to join the armed struggle, when asked why she left  her studies at such a critical time, Yalem says” There was just too much rampant killing that it was just unbearable”. 

Upon joining the armed struggle, she underwent combat training as part of a group of 24 young girls who came straight from their schools in the city. Upon completing the training, she started as a regular righter and worked her way up to a level of an Army “commissar” (equivalent to a current major). She then became a trainer for a group of women and an entire battalion of women that was more than a thousand strong was trained by her and her other female colleagues. Upon completion of training, these women fighters were called “D’ala” meaning “Equal” – which signifies that women fighters were just as good as men fighters.  From her time in the army, Yalem remembers that women were at the forefront as top fighters and leaders.

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