It is time again in the year when a day dedicated to honor women is in the horizon. March 8 was celebrated with a series of seminars across the week as well as a day full of joy at the Alliance Ethio-Française on Saturday 7th of March.
The celebratory event was organized by Alliance Ethio-Français in collaboration with the EU Delegation, the embassies of France, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom in Addis Ababa as well as the EU Delegation to the African Union and the Goethe Institute.
The event lined up a series of entertaining and interesting proceedings that were suitable for everyone. An exhibition entitled “Women in Resistance” by Pierre Yves Ginet was spread out.
Pierre-Yves Ginet’s work featured the confrontation between women and systems in the current world. His first such work came when he covered the stories of the struggle of Tibetan nuns. Then he decided to expand his work to the rest of the globe.
He travelled to 22 countries between 2001 and 2012, where he photographed “Who in their own way are helping to write modern history” according to his biography. In the Women in Resistance exhibition, the artist departs from the stereotypical representation which places woman as victims. The work is a witness to women’s commitment and reminds all that societies are mixed and their history is equally feminine as it is masculine.
A bazaar unwrapped by NGOs that work on empowering women economically, gave a unique chance for hand-made goodies shopping. The bazaar displayed different leather works such as handbags, wallets and belts, jewelleries, candles and clay works.
A round table discussion was also part of the program where profound discussion on the rights of women and girls was held. The discussion spanned on a Pan-African perspective and dealt with topics such as the continental instruments protecting the rights of women and girls, the available mechanisms to enforce these instruments, and the way forward to strengthening the rights of women and girls in Africa.
Kimbidale, a documentary film made by Emmanuelle Labeau was also screened. The documentary tells the story of two women that fight against female genital mutilation in Afar regional state. The film shows their struggle to bring awareness to people about the harmful practice, succeeding step by step.
A vibrant concert by Munit and other artists closes the day that was filled by enlightening activities.