Girl power

Great Ethiopian Run is celebrating this year it’s 14th edition of the annual Women First 5km, women only run which was started to mark international women’s day thirteen years ago and highlight contribution of Ethiopian women in the society. Ethiopia is celebrating the International Women’s Day for the 41st time this year, showcasing the country’s long term commitment at the highest level to advancing the women’s agenda.

UN Ethiopia is the title sponsor of the 2017 Women First 5km.

Rotarians and Rotaractors in Addis Ababa will also participate in the Women First 5km race today March 12. The Rotarians are working with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) to fight for a Polio free world.

Rotary is involved in the Great Ethiopian Run to celebrate women’s day and to continue its commitment to end polio now and forever. Rotary has contributed USD 1.6 billion to the global fight to eradicate polio and by advocating with donors over USD 7. 2 billion has been raised, which is half the cost of eradicating polio.

Since Rotary began the polio eradication program, 32 years ago, there has been a 99.9 percent reduction in polio. Even though the .01 percent is small it is perhaps the biggest challenge.

‘As we celebrate women’s day through the GER, Rotary is excited to be running as a group at the event’ a statement from the Rotarians reads.

A total of 11,000 girls and women are expected to take part in the event. The event has become the biggest women only event in the country where girls and women from all walks of life come together to celebrate the day.