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  • Country / Region profile of: Ethiopia

    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