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Tuesday
Mar152016

MAKING ‪#‎HERSTORY‬ // YODIT IMRU

 

Yodit Imru was the first female Ethiopian Ambassador. Her father was an exceptional diplomat and her brother served as Prime Minister during the transition from the Derg Regime to the current Democracy. Born in Harar, Yodit went on to study in Addis Ababa and Jerusalem, and later at the American University in Washington DC for her Higher Education. She then began making waves while working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1953.

With the encouragement of her family and seasoned diplomat Aklilu Habtewold, she helped to establish the Economic Commission for Africa and the OAU. As the Ethiopian Ambassador to the Scandinavian Countries, she mentored young women entering the field of politics in Ethiopia. Thanks in part to Yodit’s leadership as a trailblazer, there have been 13 other women promoted to the position of Ambassador in Ethiopia.

We will be recognizing inspiring Ethiopian women who have made #herstory all month long. Hope you’ll join us in celebrating Women’s History Month!

Tuesday
Mar152016

MAKING ‪#‎HERSTORY‬ // ABEBECH GOBENA

 

Dubbed as the African Mother Teresa, Abebech Gobena owns and runs one of the oldest orphanages in Ethiopia. At the age of 10, she was forced into an early marriage without her consent. To escape the marriage, she fled to Addis Ababa and found a job at a coffee and grain company.

Soon after, a severe famine struck Ethiopia, devastating families and Ethiopian communities. Abebech saw this devastation first hand when she came across a young child in the street, clinging to her mother, who had died of starvation. Abebech gave up her small ration of bread and water to this child and took her in as her own. In that year alone, Abebech welcomed 21 orphans into her home. Since then her foundation, AGOHELMA, not only includes an orphanage, but provides services such as HIV prevention programmes, women empowerment sessions, and educational courses.

We will be recognizing inspiring Ethiopian women who have made #herstory all month long. Hope you’ll join us in celebrating Women’s History Month!

Tuesday
Mar152016

MAKING #HERSTORY// DESTA HAGOS 

 

Desta Hagos was the first woman to have a solo art exhibition in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As a young child living in Adwa, Desta Hagos loved the colours of flowers and plants; she would often cut them and take them home to look at. Her father, noticing her keen aptitude for colours, bought her a colouring set, beginning her career. At 9 years old she left to Addis Ababa and joined Etege Menen School, where she became recognized for her art work. She received her Diploma from the Fine Arts School, where she was mentored by artist Gebre Kristos Desta.

In 1970 she attended the California Lutheran University, where she later received a full scholarship and went on to participate in two group exhibitions and two solo exhibitions. Upon returning to Addis Ababa, she was faced with the Derg, which was not favorable for artists, and so her work was very limited. However, in 1994 she held her first solo exhibition in Ethiopia in her own art gallery. Her work has appeared in over 50 national and international exhibitions around the world. She still finds inspiration in the colours of flowers and plants.

We will be recognizing inspiring Ethiopian women who have made #herstory all month long. Hope you’ll join us in celebrating Women’s History Month!

Tuesday
Mar152016

Women's Self Help Group Training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The GGRF Program Coordinator in Bekoji, Sukuare, recently attended a workshop training organized by the Consortium of Self Help Group Approach Promoters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The training focused on how to lead female self-help groups and ways to organize and empower women in a range of communities.

Sukuare explained how she "learned how to reach out to women and focus on how to improve their lives. It is a privilege to help and work with women, and we should never take that for granted."

Congrats to Sukuare for completing this training!

Sunday
Mar062016

WOMEN FIRST 5K // ADDIS ABABA

WOMEN FIRST 5K // ADDIS ABABA

Over 10,000 women ran the 13th edition of the Women First 5K in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this morning. This women only race was established to mark International Women's Day and highlight the contributions of Ethiopian women in society.

If you've ran this race before, you know the vibes are INSANE and the race course dance parties are never ending. Shout out to all the women who ran, walked, partied their way to finish line today.