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01 Aug 2018 description
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Through women’s cooperatives, a joint UN programme provides training in agricultural techniques, improved seeds and time-saving machinery, while also granting loans and encouraging saving.

In most parts of the Dodola district, 300 km south of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, slow-moving oxen plowing opens stretches of farmland. But in one field, a red tractor is speedily tilling women’s cooperative owned farmland ahead of the rainy season.

29 Nov 2016 description
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“After I came to this shelter, it was like a new beginning. I am back in school and I am a good student. I want to help other girls who are survivors of violence,” shares Tigist Getachew who lives in the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD), a shelter for survivors of violence located in an unmarked, confidential location in the center of Adama town, Ethiopia.

01 Sep 2016 description
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Archbishop Abune Markos from East Gojam Zone Diocese in Ethiopia believes in gender equality. He is committed to end child marriages and all forms of violence against women and girls in Ethiopia. “Education is power and the key to freedom,” he says. “Marriage should only happen when people are ready…. You can only marry when you are an adult, at least at 18 years old.” - Archbishop Markos has trained more than 300 religious leaders in the East Gojam Zone, Amhara region to influence their communities in preventing harmful traditional practices and violence against women and girls.

21 Nov 2013 description
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In the town of Adama, women and children violence survivors find shelter and a way to make a living, using skills learned at a safe house supported by UN Women.

Adama — Sahara* ran away from home when she was 10 years old and spent years living on the streets of Adama, in central Ethiopia, finding work as a cleaner when she could. Homeless and unemployed, she was 20 when she arrived at a safe house run by the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSD), which is supported by UN Women.

16 Oct 2013 description
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In northern Ethiopia, 100 religious leaders are speaking in unison, on one issue.

“As a priest, people listen to me and that gives me a position to speak out against gender-based violence,” says Melakesina, priest and head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kobo district in northern Ethiopia. He is one of the religious leaders who participated in trainings on gender-based violence and are now preaching against violence.

31 Jul 2013 description
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“Before, women’s perspectives were not taken into account in the planning and budgeting process,” says Melkam Embiale, representative of the women of Yefag kebele (ward), the smallest administrative unit in Ethiopia located in the Libokemkem district to the north. “[But now] if they do not allocate enough budget for women’s issues, we will question them.”

29 May 2013 description



This report presents the results and findings of the evaluation of the first phase of the Joint Programme for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Ethiopia (JP GEWE) conducted over a period of 4 months between February and May 2013.

23 Apr 2013 description
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“I didn’t know whether I would have work from day-to-day. In a good week I earned 20 Ethiopian Birr (around 1 USD). It was not even enough to buy food for my son,” Mentamer says, watching over her seven-year-old boy, Abraham, as he plays with a toy car, home-made out of wire.

01 Feb 2011 description
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Posted on February 1 2011

Through the tall gate, unremarkable from the street, is a place of refuge. Flowers spill along the paths that link a series of modest one-story buildings. The air is full of the sounds of laughter, music and dance, as today is a celebration of women's survival and strength.

Women and children cluster in front of the buildings.