In connection with the celebration of International Women’s day a panel discussion entitled “The status of women in Ethiopia and Africa,” took place on March 8th at the Alliance éthio-francaise.
The event aims to create awareness about the current conditions of Ethiopian women in the economic sector, addressing the constraints and challenges of women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, based on concrete examples.
It also created a platform where women from different spheres of society discussed pertinent issues to empower women in business and the wider society.
Moderated by Teguest Yilma Deputy-Editor-in-Chief of Capital the speakers present at the event include Mulu Solomon, President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, Bogaletch Gebre, Executive Director of KMG Ethiopia and officials from the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs, as well as successful women from rural communities. The speakers inspired women through examples about achieving empowerment.
Mulu Solomon spoke about the trends and challenges of being an entrepreneur in Ethiopia and steps to creating a business as well as the technical assistance opportunities provided by the Chamber.
Bogaletch Gebre who represented the Civil Society gave practical pieces of advice for the audience. She also highlighted the socio-cultural constraint for women. She said that the public should help women to empower themselves.
Other topics brought up during the panel discussion included; women in politics and the protocol on the rights of women in Africa. The state of women’s empowerment in the country, legal and policy issues they hoped to address, and the future of women’s advocacy. The event not only featured the panel discussion but also held a gender-related NGO bazaar where more than 25 NGOs had the opportunity to talk about their projects and achievements while selling the products of activities that empower women.
The day also consisted of some entertainment such as drama and traditional music performed by Music Mayday Ethiopia.
The event is organised by the EU Delegation to Ethiopia in collaboration with the embassies of France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom as well as the Delegation of the EU to the African Union.