The international conference on ‘Women in Science,Innovation and Development’, the first in Ethiopia was hosted by Mekelle University from April 10 to 12 at Mekelle University in Mekelle, Ethiopia. The conference was a result ofMekele University’s appreciation of the disproportionate share of women inscience,research and leadership in the country and globally. The conference, therefore, was aimed at shedding light to the challenge and provide opportunities for young female scientists to communicate and network withwell established professionals around the globe and provide a platform where female scientists communicate and share theirideas,experiences and challenges. High profile women professionals,dignatorymemebrs of the community,federal and regional ministers( H.E Mrs. Demitu Hambisa,Minister of Women andChilderenAffarirs; H.E Mahbuba Adem,Stateminster of justice;H.E Kedisan Nega from Tigray regional state council) gender focal persons and academicians from all the 33 universities in Ethiopia, renowned scientists,humanitarians, innovators and entrepreneurs were cordially invited to give their key messages at the event.


AWiB, upon hearing the unsettling news of the UK Parliament decision to pull DFID support to YEGNA, a program which has been instrumental for addressing core issues of the unspoken, unseen, and therefore easy to put in hiding the trials of women and young girls, skillfully crafted to get to people's hearts and minds and changing millions as a result, asks the global community to read our article below and start a conversation. Dialogue is the first step to change! 

Understand not Underestimate - YEGNA’s contribution to Social Transformation


 Antonio Guterres, who has started his term on New Years Day 2017 , has appointed three women to senior positions at the UN. Guterres , himself a former prime minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has committed to "gender parity... from top to bottom in the U.N." and accordingly appointed Amina J. Mohammed to serve as UN deputy chief while Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti who is from Brazil is now Chief de Cabinet. The last appointee hails from the Republic of Korea - Kyung wha Kang - will hold the newly-created position of Special Advisor on Policy. Read More .....


What do a blind Jordanian music teacher, an acid attack victim from Colombia, an octogenarian educator from the US, a palliative nurse from Malawi and a bionic pop artist from Latvia have in common? They all made the list of BBC's 100 Women 2016.

These thought –provoking and courageous women all have stories that we can all learn from, be inspired by and help restore our faith in the good that's in the world.

Launched in 2013 as a series of stories covering a broad range of topics such as education, healthcare, equal pay, domestic violence and sexual abuse, the BBC 100 Women was designed to address the lack of content from and about women. A brain child of BBC editor Fiona Crack and fellow BBC journalist Lilian Lando, the series focuses on the issues and achievements of women in contemporary society. Each year, women who are already famous as well as relatively unknown faces who have made worthwhile contributions to humankind are profiled with viewers participating via Twitter before and after the list is made official.

For more on the 2016 list... BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list? - BBC News 


Thuli Madonsela comes from humble beginnings. Growing up in the improvised Soweto during Apartheid, she started out as an assistant teacher before studying law ;earning her Doctor of Laws degree, LL.D. (Honoris causa) from the University of Stellenbosch.

A member of the team that South Africa's first ever post-election constitution, she became the first ever Public Protector of South Africa in 2009. In this role, she has investigated police chiefs, opposition politicians - and even the president himself; despite continuing pressure against her ranging from character assassination to death threats.

Her message regarding corruption is loud and clear – she says if "visible action is taken" against corrupt officials now, then it sends the message to people that "if you are thinking about it - then don't". Read more on dailymaverick.co.za


Congratulations to Rahel Shawl Zelleke for being the first African woman to be awarded the Loeb Fellowship for the academic year 2016 – ’17.

Joined by other Fellows, Rahel will become a member of the worldwide network of practitioners supporting equity and social justice through the built and natural environment.

Rahel is acknowledged, at an African level, for her astounding contribution to her field, and to Ethiopia. She is recognized to be a role model for many in the country, because of her ethics and innovative work in raising design expectations in several cities in Ethiopia.


Fadumo, 43, has been a refugee having fled the violence in the horn of Africa nation. It was until she was 14 years old that she was able to access education. She holds three master’s degrees in health sciences and public health and is doing a PH.D in women’s governmental participation and empowerment in post-conflict regions.

Dayib was born in Kenya but tensions between Kenya and Somalia lead to the arrest and deportation of her family back to Somalia. Her family sought refuge in Finland where Dayib got the opportunity to get a proper education.

The mother of four left her Children in Finland for Somalia in 2005 to run for Presidency.

“And when I was going to Mogadishu in January, I sat them down and I told them that I’m leaving you, but I’m not sure I might come back. And if I don’t, then you have to know that you are also expected to do this. When the day comes and you have the capability to do so, you must fight for democracy. We must not let evil overcome goodness. And they understand why we need to do this for Somalia because they share the love that I have for Somalia.” Said Dayib to NPR


International humanitarian organization CARE has received a donation of 2.2 million euro today, as a result of the H&M Holiday Campaign. "We are very grateful for this generous donation," comments Dr. Robert Glasser, Secretary General of CARE International. "This donation will allow us to empower women entrepreneurs and workers from low-income urban communities in Ethiopia and help us raise global awareness of the enormous benefits associated with empowering women and girls in the fight against poverty and social injustice." 


Credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Irina Bokova, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, September 2010.

(WOMENSENEWS)—Along one wall in the visitor's lobby of the United Nations hang the portraits of eight men, including Ban Ki-moon, the current secretary-general, who have presided over the institution since it was founded in 1945.

A new portrait is due to appear on that wall soon and there is a pretty good chance it will bear the visage of a woman.

Three out of the seven officially declared candidates for the next secretary-general are women (more candidates may be nominated over the coming weeks). And while it is not the first time a woman has been in the running for the job, it is the first time that one, let alone three, has a viable chance of getting it.

Here's a closer look at the three female candidates:


Coauthored by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, co-author of Fast Forward and co-founder of Seneca Women

During a recent conference on women’s role in leading change, journalist Christiane Amanpour noted that women bring dignity and resistance to regions and countries in conflict. The challenges we face around the world affect all of us - women and men alike. “If there’s no equality between women and men,” she said, “there is no progress.”

Christiane raises an important point. There is growing recognition that women’s empowerment is vital to our global economy. The United Nations this year announced the first high-level panel focused on improving economic outcomes for women and their leadership in advancing sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The announcement came during the World Economic Forum in Davos, where women leaders made up 18 percent of the participants - more than ever before, but still falls short.


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