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.


Dr Zebib Yenus winner of 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa 2015 program honors Africa’s female scientists, and one of the exceptional scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa was Dr Zebib Yenus. Dr Zebib was awarded this prestigious award on Wednesday, 2 December 2015. This prestigious Award Ceremony took place on the evening of 2 December at The Venue in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. She is among the three postdoctoral and other doctoral fellows who have been named as winners of the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships For Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa. Other winners include from South Africa, and Nigeria.

Dr Zebib is a young postdoctoral fellow at UNISA via UNESCO-UNISA African chair in Nano-science and Nanotechnology, and iThemba LABS National Research Foundation of South Africa. She also has an international collaboration with Ohio state university – USA, University of Alberta - Canada, Katholic University Leuven-Belgium, University of Bologna- Italy and others. Dr Zebib is the first from Ethiopia to receive this award at a postdoctoral level.  


Ethiopian Prof. Yalemtsehay Mekonnen has won the 2015 African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards for her scientific achievement and valuable discoveries and findings that have contributed to the development agenda of the Continent.

Prof. Merzouk Hafida from Algeria also received the award representing the North region. The award ceremony took place on 20 January 2016 during the closing of the 8th African Union Gender Pre-Summit.

The prestigious African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards programme was launched on 9 September 2008, with the objective to give out scientific awards to top African scientists particularly the women.

The two female laureates of the AU Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards received a cheque of 20,000 USD each, a gold plate medal, a certificate and flowers from the representatives of the AU Commission.


USAID has awarded women with better proposals engaged in agribusiness and livestock business sector under it Innovative Business Plan Competition Program, Ethiopian Herald reported.

The women who attended entrepreneurship and leadership training in model livestock agribusiness are from Addis Ababa City Administration, Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and SNNPR State.

Dr.Mebrhatu Meles, Industry State Minister, speaking at the 2nd Annual National Conference said that Ethiopia has given emphasis on agricultural development through its GTP II period. In its Agricultural Growth Program (AGP) USAID, under the Feed the Future Initiative, concentrates its support to the AGP in the area of market and agribusiness.


The inequitable distribution of income is present at the global level where the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) of the top ten economies adds up to 65 percent of the world’s economy, and the top 15 economies add up to 75 percent. The remaining 172 countries constitute only 25 percent of the world’s economy.

Here’s the list of the top ten economies based on the criteria of GDP, current prices (US dollars) which is simply known as nominal GDP. The rankings differ if the same list is prepared using the GDP based on purchasing-power-parity (PPP). As a general rule, developed countries have a smaller gap between their nominal GDP (i.e., current prices) and GDP based on PPP, while the difference is greater in developing countries, which tend to have a higher GDP when valued on purchasing-power-parity basis.


The African Union bade farewell to Africa’s longest serving diplomat, Ambassador Konjit SineGiorgis of Ethiopia, on Monday (November 16). Ambassador Konjit who started her diplomatic career a year before the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963, was given a colorful farewell party, prepared over several months by the East African Group and the African Union Commission.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Dlamini Zuma, the Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros, former State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Berhane Gebre-Christos, and many other distinguished Ambassadors and diplomats in Addis Ababa attended the occasion. In the early days of her career, Ambassador Konjit served as an officer in charge of decolonization affairs in the Ethiopian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. Later, she became Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative to the OAU, and eventually to the AU, and contributed her share in the transformation OAU to the AU.


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