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POLICY BRIEF: COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls in Ethiopia

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic must be viewed with a gendered lens to protect women and girls and address the increase in VAWG during this pandemic. In Ethiopia, this can be accomplished with accelerated and concerted efforts of the Government and the United Nations, in partnership with other development agencies and national civil society organizations. This Policy brief presents overview of the increased in GBV in Ethiopia and give recommendations on measures to be taken to address the issue.

Gender Implications of COVID-19 Outbreak in Ethiopia

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) calls on all partners to consider the sex and gender effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, both directly and indirectly. This will make certain that women and girls are kept in the front-line of preparedness and response.

Guideline for Gender Responsive Media

Friday, January 24, 2020

This Guideline for Gender Responsive Media published in two languages (Amharic and English) aims to inform and guide media houses, media practitioners, journalists, editors, and anyone in the media and communication sector about ethical reporting of issues related with gender and actions to take to create a gender sensitive media environment both within the media houses as well as in all the contents produced by the media houses


Friday, May 17, 2019

Across sub-Saharan Africa, the agricultural sector remains critical to local and regional economies. It is the basis for food security and an important source of employment, particularly for women. Yet, studies consistently find that female farmers  have lower rates of agricultural productivity than male farmers. Based on original research in five countries (Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania), this policy brief shows that gender gaps in agricultural...


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The workshop on Gender and Macroeconomics together with experience sharing on Women Economic Principles (WEPs) implementation from Kenya was held on 4-5 April 2019 in Addis Ababa. The purpose of the workshop was to create common understanding about Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE), to increase knowledge on Gender and Macroeconomics and its intertwined and complementarity nature, to enable the private sector to understand the positive impact of gender responsiveness to their respective business and to familiarize the participants with the concept of Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and how it is being implemented in other countries.

Multi-Country Analytical Study of Legislation, Policies, Interventions and Cultural Practices on Child Marriage in Africa

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The study assessed the state of child marriage in Africa from practice to policy and interventions towards its eradication with a focus on ten countries with a comparatively higher prevalence of child marriage in the continent and globally. A critical emphasis of the study was on the nexus between the existence and implementation of the policies/legislation, and the dominant cultural and religious practices that affect the outcomes of the interventions in those countries, especially in identified hotspot areas within the countries. By focusing on the socio-cultural conditions, policy environment and eradication initiatives, the study provides critical information and perspectives, effective and appropriate programs/investment and policies in Africa to delay the age of marriage and end child marriage as a practice.

UN Women Ethiopia: Changing the lives of women and girls

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The publication indicates key results of the UN Women Ethiopia country office on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE). It highlights the consistent collaboration with government institutions, development partners, UN Agencies and CSOs as the main approach for GEWE’s accomplishments.

Assessment Report on the Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) performance of selected sectors at Federal and Regional level

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Problems of justice and lack of fairness in any society’s cultural, economic, social and political structure; owing to different reasons; have been observed to pose challenges to the extensive efforts exerted to realize comprehensive growth resulting in unequal access of economic resources for all citizens. In Ethiopia, the importance and inclusion of gender issues during budgeting and planning in order to respond to gender equality as well as ensuring equal benefit of all citizens...

Women’s Rights in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Proposals for Accelerated Implementation

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Building on the momentum of and leveraging on the African Union theme for 2016, the year of human rights with a special focus on the rights of women, a half day multi-stakeholder consultation under the theme “Accelerated Implementation of Women’s Right’s and the African Decade of Human Rights” reviewed progress on implementation of women’s rights commitments, identified priorities and proposed key recommendations to inform the development and implementation of the...

Gender Statistics Report 2017

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Reliable gender statistics highlights different conditions for women and men, girls and boys.  It is a fundamental tool for evidence-based decision making, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.  Women and men have different needs, access and control over resources in society.  National statistics that does not reflect these differences is insufficient and potentially misleading. The key objective of the initiative behind this report is the development of...

Gender Gap Analysis of the Public Finance Management system of Ethiopia

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Public Financial Management (PFM) is a critical element of how governments raise and use resources to meet the public’s needs.   The focus areas of this PFM assessment included planning, monitoring and reporting, budget preparation and implementation, revenue generation, approval by parliament and Audit. The analysis reveals that regardless of the challenges, in general there have been good progress towards integrating gender into national development plans and budget preparation....

Prospects for Ending Child Marriage in Africa - Executive Brief

Sunday, December 2, 2018

This executive brief is a synthesis of key findings and recommendations from a multi country analytical study by UN Women on child marriage in Africa covering ten countries selected due to their comparatively higher prevalence of child marriage in the continent and globally.

UN Women Ethiopia promotes South-South cooperation through experience sharing forum on budget tracking from gender perspective

Friday, August 31, 2018

The three-day experience sharing forum on budget tracking tool development for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) was held from 24 – 26 August 2018 in Debre Zeit town with a call by the Government of Ethiopia on the need to identify financing gaps from gender perspective in sectoral budget allocation and developing a budget tracking system.

Engendering agricultural productivity in Ethiopia: The cost of the gender gap

Monday, April 16, 2018

This is the policy brief produced from the study on the cost of the gender gap in agricultural productivity in Ethiopia.  The findings and policy recommendations are striking, and send a strong signal to policy makers in Ethiopia as well as development partners that closing the gender gap is smart economics. This Report helps to lay the ground-work for deeper investigation as to where to invest for the most cost-effective policies. The analysis finds that women’s lesser capacity to...

The cost of Gender Gap in agricultural productivity in Ethiopia

Monday, April 16, 2018

The study presents the cost of the gender gap in agricultural productivity in Ethiopia.  The findings of this report are striking, and send a strong signal to policy makers in Ethiopia as well as development partners that closing the gender gap is smart economics. Consider this: That increasing GDP by closing the gender gap in agricultural productivity has the potential to lift as many as 1,050,000 people out of poverty in Ethiopia. This Report helps to lay the ground-work for deeper...

Womens Land Rights Regional Workshop Brief

Sunday, December 31, 2017

UN Women, with the support of the government of Finland and the participating countries, launched the project on “Women’s Land Rights and Tenure Security in the Context of the SDGs” in 2016. The project is currently implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania with the aim of upscaling in the three countries and expanding to more countries.

UN Women in Ethiopia engages the mass media to promote gender sensitive coverage and positive portrayal of women

Thursday, November 30, 2017

UN Women in partnership with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) held a capacity building training on gender sensitive reporting and news coverage to print and broadcasting media practitioners from various regions of the country. This training aimed to enhance the participants’ gender knowledge and to equip them with necessary skills for promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Regional Sharefair on Gender and Resilience in Africa 2016 Report

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

This is a convening report for the Regional Sharefair on Gender and Resilience in Africa held by UN Women in collaboration with key partners in November 9th –10th 2016 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Focusing on the main theme of “Strengthening Resilience by Empowering Women”, the Sharefair provided a platform for sharing and learning, availed an opportunity to further explore the role of women in building and strengthening resilience and promoted dialogue and sharing of experiences on gender responsive resilience related programmes and policies in Africa. This is expected to accelerate development and humanitarian response and the overall achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sharefair also endeavor to facilitate long term collaboration amongst regional stakeholders with the aim of identifying problems, using data and predictive methods and mobilizing support and resources to incubate, accelerate and scale effective solutions. The outcome of the two-day event was the creation of a strong regional network to amplify resilience solutions, sustaining change in policy and practice within relevant macroeconomic frameworks. Hundreds of participants gathered at the Sharefair to discuss interventions, innovations, good practices, evidence from research and documented data, legal frameworks and policies.

Unlocking the Potential of Rural Women in Ethiopia

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rural women play a critical role in the agricultural sector. Securing their livelihoods and rights is the pathway to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) in Ethiopia. Therefore, the enhancement of rural women’s food security and nutrition is a key outcome of the Joint Programme on Rural Women Economic Empowerment. Under this outcome, the programme aims to ensure that rural women have increased access to and control over resources, assets and services critical to their food and nutrition security. The programme also supports rural women to gain greater capacity to enhance and control local food security reserves.

A review of energy policies in East and Southern Africa

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Renewable, clean energy and gender equality are preconditions for sustainable development and for tackling climate change. This linkage is tacit in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Gender equality and women’s empowerment (Goal 5) and women’s and men’s equal access to secure energy services (Goal 7) are central to building more environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient societies (Goals 13 and 15) (UN Women and UNDP-UNEP PEI, 2015).

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