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The incidents took place in the town of Sagag where Ina (The daughter of) Sheikh Mahamud Sheikh Abdillahi and Halima Badal Sam-Sam Abiib were subjected to extreme forms of torture while under the custody of the Ethiopian Armed Forces.
On several occasions, the Ethiopian media have reported about the prevalence of illegal trafficking in persons, mostly to the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. The prevalence of illegal trafficking of children and women— both internal and translational crimes are grave concerns to Ethiopia.
The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, better known as the Maputo Protocol, was adopted by the African Union in the form of a protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights in 2003 in Maputo, Mozambique and entered into force in 2005.
"The United Nations Development Programme in Ethiopia announced the appointment of its Goodwill Ambassador for Entrepreneurship at a high profile event held in Addis Ababa drawing members of the government, private sector and development partners.
Gender equality is an issue that is afforded a significant amount of attention right now in Ethiopia. Many facets of public policy are designed to ensure the representation and benefit of women. For these reasons and many others, including the scores of exemplary women who have taken the lead against all odds, women are today offered more opportunities and are represented in every field.
The Ethiopian military responded to an April 2012 attack on a large commercial farm in Gambella region with arbitrary arrests, rape, and other abuses against scores of local villagers. Forced displacement, inadequate resources, and other abuses against Gambella's population persist in the second year of the government's “villagization” program.
Addis Ababa, 3 December 2010 – With support from JRS, a group of refugee women have recently launched a beauty salon, putting them on the road to self-sufficiency.
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Women activists in Ethiopia, a country that suffers from some of the lowest gender equality performance indicators in sub-Saharan Africa, continue to fight for women's rights and protection against sexual violence amidst political and social repression. The long periods of armed conflict inside and outside its borders have contributed to poverty and displacement of many women in Ethiopia. In addition to its own civil war (1974-1991), Ethiopia has had long-lasting territorial and political conflicts with both Eritrea and Somalia, which culminated in several wars with each country over the last 60 years. Ethiopia has also been engaged in counter-insurgency operations against the Ogaden National Liberation Front in Ethiopia's Somali region (known as Ogaden) since 1994. Ethiopia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1981 and is ranked 118 out of 136 listed countries on the 2013 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Although the Constitution and the National Policy on Women afford Ethiopian women equality before the law, in practice, women continue to face obstacles from discriminatory traditions and extreme poverty."I meet with others up to three times each week, listening to their concerns and discussing possible solutions. I love women and I will always stand up for them, to make sure they get the services they deserve." - Alemnish Tefera Abebe