Focus country: Ethiopia

Bekelu from a self help group run by our partner Siiqqee in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in Africa. More than 80% of the population live in rural areas and rely on small farm plots for their livelihood. Disasters including droughts, floods, disease, and conflict mean that many live in extreme poverty, especially women and children.

Most girls in Ethiopia never have the chance to go to secondary school and almost three quarters have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Early and forced marriage and domestic violence are also common.

  • Fewer than 1 in 5 girls enrol in secondary education (The Worlds Women 2010: Trends and Statistics)
  • 74% of women have undergone female genital mutilation (UNICEF 2013)
  • 41% of girls are married before they are 18 (UNICEF 2013)
  • 49% of women in Ethiopia have experienced physical violence from a partner while 59% have experienced sexual violence from a partner (UN Women 2011-12)

A snapshot of our work in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of Womankind's focus countries where we work in solidarity with women-led organisations to support initiatives to end violence against women, promote women's leadership and participation in decision making, and help women to become economically empowered.

For example, we are working with Association for Women's Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) to strengthen services and responses for women and girls who experience violence through their shelters.

We are also supporting feminist network Setaweet to continue to be a key resource for gender equality in Ethiopia and we will support the introduction of a feminist curriculum into two state schools in Addis Abba.
 
Capitalising on Ethiopia’s focus on economic empowerment, we will support our new partner Center for Accelerated Women's Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) to support women-led Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Ethiopia, building capacity and connectivity within the sector. 
 

Our partners

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Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD)

  • Ethiopia
  • Africa
AWSAD supports women to rebuild their lives after experiencing violence. They have a safe house with counselling, training, legal aid and medical care.
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Addis Continental Institude of Public Health (AC-IPH)

  • Africa
  • Ethiopia
Addis Continental Institute of Public Health (ACIPH) is an independent centre of excellence for public health research and training located in Addis Ababa.
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Center for Accelerated Women's Economic Empowerment (CAWEE)

  • Ethiopia
  • Africa
The vision of CAWEE is to create a class of globally competitive women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia.
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Ethiopian Women with Disability National Association (EWDNA)

  • Africa
  • Ethiopia
The Association focuses on the issues affecting the lives of women and girls with disabilities in Ethiopia and works to build their capacity, skills, opportunities and inclusion in society.
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Integrated Community Education and Development Association (ICEDA)

Integrated Community Education and Development Association (ICEDA)

  • Africa
  • Ethiopia
ICEDA's major project focuses on ensuring that girls who are at risk of female genital mutilation, rape and child marriages are protected and can stay in school
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Siiqqee Women’s Development Association (Siiqqee)

  • Ethiopia
  • Africa
Siiqqee brings together marginalised women to train them in practical work skills and provide them with information on their rights.
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Setaweet

  • Ethiopia
  • Africa
Setaweet is a home-grown Ethiopian movement that aims to explore and articulate what feminism means for Ethiopian women.
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Our impact in Ethiopia

Thanks to our partnership with women’s organisations in Ethiopia, in one year:

  • Over 170,000 women and girls learnt about violence against women, enabling them to speak out
  • More than 2,000 women took part in business skills training
  • Over 3,500 women received legal aid to access justice
  • Over 4,000 girls were supported to continue their education.

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Help us do more

£24 can help to pay for materials for two new local women’s groups, including books, pens and storage boxes

£39 can pay towards training two village leaders to run community conversations about violence against women and girls

£122 will pay towards a training session for police officers to learn how to support women survivors of violence.