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More Resources and Partnerships Essential to Ending Child Marriage and FGM

Monday, February 11, 2019

UN Women in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia and the African Union Commission hosted an African head of states and traditional and cultural Leaders dialogue for renewal of commitment to end child marriage and FGM in Africa. The side event of the AU heads of state summit sought to secure and renew commitments of Heads of State and Government and Traditional and Cultural Leaders to embracing and incorporating transformational approaches that effectively address... More

UN Secretary-General to African girl coders: It needs a movement of girls to bring more women in science and technology

Monday, February 11, 2019

African Girls Can Code Initiative (2018-22) is a joint programme by UN Women and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and funded by the Government of Denmark, aiming to nurture young girls to develop interest in coding and facilitate their career choices in ICT. In September 2018, the programme brought together 88 girls aged 17 – 20 from 32 African countries at the first coding camp More

Press release: Statement of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) on the appointment of AWLN Member, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Addis Ababa / New York, 29th October 2018 The Members of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) received with immense joy and great honor the election of H.E. Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, AWLN pioneer Member, as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on Thursday 25th October 2018. H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the African Union, and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and a... More

“The Ethiopian story is a miracle - but development of a country doesn’t equate equity, equality and inclusion”, says UN Women Executive Director

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Caption Text On the margins of her engagement with the UN-AU j o i n t m iss i o n to S o u th S u d a n and the subsequent AU Peace and Security Council briefing, the Executive Director of UN Women Dr. P h u mz ile M lam b o - Ng cuka met and had a conversation with the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) in Addis Ababa. The current CSAG formed in 2014, according to the chairwoman appreciated the opportunity and space provided to interact with UN Women and provide strategic... More

Ethiopia hosts the first coding camp for African girls

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The world is becoming digital and African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI) seeks to tap into this global trend to create opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship for its youth and particularly girls. On 20 th August 2018, more than 80 girls from across the continent came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 12 days of training on coding, mentorship and life skills. More

Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: African Women Leaders Network convene for a second forum

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The launch of the African Women Leaders Network on 2 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), an initiative that creates space for African Women to share their leadership experiences and lessons learned, kicked off its Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 th to 26 th April. The African Union, in partnership with the United Nations and support from Government of... More


Monday, April 23, 2018

What: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation of the African Women Leaders Network.   The forum will be held under the theme: “Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: From Commitment to Action”   Highlights for media Coverage of the opening session 24 th April Main speakers will include From the African Union Commission: H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat: Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E. Bineta Diop: AUC Special... More

From where I stand: Trainings, the turning point for my success in diversifying and sustaining my business

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I was born and brought up in what is known as “the hottest places on earth”, the Afar region. I was raised up with a very basic pastoralist community’s life style to endure the harsh climate.  For women, the only way of life that we were influenced to believe possible is marriage. I got married when I was only 16 years old and gave birth to my first child after a year.   When I gave birth to my fifth child, my husband who used to work as a security guard at a... More

Call for Art Competition Applications

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

UN Women Ethiopia is calling out all artists and creatives to make submissions on the Comic and Cartoon Competition guided by the theme ‘women as leaders and decision makers.’ S how us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women as leaders and decision makers. The competition urges artists to unleash their creativity by illustrating the relationship between women and leadership and decision making, and the positive changes that they want to see. Do you (or someone you know)... More

East-African Countries Lead in the localization of the SDGs relating to Women’s Land Rights

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Research has shown that 70 to 90 percent of all wealth in Africa is generated through land, but only less than 10 per cent is owned by women. This staggering statistics highlight the crucial role that women’s land rights in Africa play in Women’s economic empowerment. Currently, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania have taken leading roles in demonstrating how these SDGs can be localized and integrated into the National Development Plans with support of the UN Women’s project &lsquo... More

We are Ready to Move Mountains for Africa's Transformation

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

We are ready to move mountains for Africa's transformation More

Joint Statement: ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On 10 December nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international assertion of the “highest aspiration of the common people”, including the “promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms”,... More

Rural women in Ethiopia get involved in income generating activities

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mrs.Kebela Gure, is a 30 - year old wife and mother of five from Adamitulu District, Oromia region in Ethiopia.  She dropped out of school in 8 th grade to work and financially support her family. Mrs. Gure’s key priorities are to give her children a good education and improve her family’s livelihood. In Dodola District, still in Oromia region, is a 38-year old Mrs. Teletech Bekelpe. Her husband’s sudden death forced Mrs. Tadelech, who was financially dependent on him,... More

Handbooks Amplifying Women’s Role in Peace and Security Processes in Africa Launched

Monday, July 17, 2017

Handbooks Amplifying Women’s Role in Peace and Security Processes in Africa Launched More

African girls have what it takes to drive technology: Girls in ICT Day 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Over 230 eager, energetic and tech-savvy high-school girls filled the conference room at the African Union Commission, in Addis Ababa, for the celebration of 2017 Girls in ICT Day More

UN Women and the African Union Commission launch a Network of Reporters on Women, Peace and Security in Africa

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

UN Women Ethiopia Country Office and the Office of the Special Envoy of the AUC Chairperson on Women, Peace and Security, launched a network of reporters on women, peace and security, following a two-day capacity building workshop on Gender-Responsive Reporting in Conflict, Post-Conflict and Fragile settings in Africa from 18-19 October 2016. More

Moving from Normative Frameworks to Enforcement and Delivery of Justice to Survivors of Violence against Women and Girls

Friday, June 10, 2016

Notwithstanding the commendable normative frameworks for the promotion and protection of women’s rights put in place by the Government of Ethiopia, enforcement still remains a challenge. Law enforcement agents and the justice delivery sector lack the capacity, skills and commitment to handle cases of Violence against Women and Girls ((VAWG). To address this gap UN Women partnered with the Amhara Bureau of Justice to develop the knowledge and skills of law enforcement professionals in Amhara Regional State. A Training of Trainers (TOT) for 170 participants including Police Officers manning Child and Women Friendly Protection Units, Public Prosecutors and Judges was held from 11--22 April 2016 in Injibara District, Amhara region. More

Empowered Woman Transforms Lives in Rural Ethiopia

Friday, April 15, 2016

Ethiopia: For the middle aged energetic mother of six, Kimiyaa Umar, lack of capital and the basic knowledge on how to run a viable business constrained her from establishing a business and to improve her family’s livelihood. This was until a year ago when she received 3,000 Birr interest free loan equivalent of 140USD together with a training on basic business skills and entrepreneurship through the UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment’s income generating activities, which has benefited over 19,500 disadvantaged women throughout Ethiopia. More

International Women’s Day Celebration in Ethiopia - Bahir Dar, Amhara Regional State

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

“By ensuring good governance, let us guarantee women’s equal participation and contribution”. The IWD2016 was celebrated in the presence of the State Minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA), the Head of Amhara Bureau of Women and Children Affairs (BOWCA) and the Deputy Speaker of Amhara Council and Chair of Women and Children Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representative (HPR) with the support of UN Women. Ms. Fantay Tibebu, Head of Amhara BOWCA made the opening remarks and highlighted that women’s role in ensuring good governance is significant. More

Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam official HeForShe Champion for Ethiopia

Friday, March 11, 2016

On the International Women’s Day, 8 th March 2016, UN Women Ethiopia had the honour to participate at the Ethiopian Airlines commemoration event. Ms. Funmi Balogun UN Women Deputy Country Representative, officially pinned Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines CEO, as the Champion of the movement in the country. More

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