2nd Educational theater ‘ለጉልቤ ቦታ የለም’ “No Place for bullies”

The 2nd educational theater ‘ለጉልቤ ቦታ የለም’ “No Place for bullies” was held colorfully at Black Lion secondary school on March 13/19 in the presence of student, teacher, school principal and local authority. #MakeChangeHappen #NoPlaceForBullies

Let’s break the culture of #Bullying!

Let’s break the culture of #Bullying! students of Dagmawi Menilik preparatory school performed an educational theater along with essay competition. #NoPlaceForBullies #InitiativeAfrica #MakingChangeHappen#LetwiledYouthDevelopment

project agreement with the Embassy of Czech Republic

Initiative Africa has signed a project agreement with the Embassy of Czech Republic in Addis Ababa on a project titled “Improving school based violence prevention programs through meaningful planning”. The project will focus on reducing school violence and will be implemented in selected 12 secondary schools in Addis Ababa. The agreement is signed today by  H.E. Pavel Mikeš, Czech Ambassador to FDRE and Mr. Kebour Ghenna, Executive Director of Initiative Africa.

Press release for 50:50 Initiative of the Making Change Happen Project


50:50 Initiative of the Making Change Happen Project
This week Initiative Africa revealed to the press its 2019-20 project to promote gender
equality in the media across Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, like many countries in the world,
women and men do not enjoy the same professional opportunities, share equal pay and
feel equally represented in the workplace. But like most industries, the media has a long
way to go to address gender equality, in everything from creating news that is for and
about women to promoting equal amounts of men and women to senior executive
It is important to understand that creating gender equality is not just fulfilling a quota or
being politically correct but it’s actually good business. A UK Research found companies
that reported the highest number of women in senior leadership roles financially
outperformed those with lower rates of women, with a 35% higher return on equity.
Similar data from McKinsey & Company showed that the 89 companies in Europe with
the largest representation of women in senior roles came out with 10% higher return on
equity and 48% higher earnings before interest and tax.
Ato YehualshetIn G/Michael, Senior Advisor at Imitative Africa says in addition to
financial benefits, creating gender balance makes newsrooms more productive and
innovative and can contribute to social stability in surrounding communities.
Here are the three ways media generally represent gender in Ethiopia:
 First, women are underrepresented, which falsely implies that men are the cultural
standard and women are unimportant or invisible.
 Second, men and women are portrayed in stereotypical ways that reflect and
sustain socially endorsed views of gender.
 Third, depictions of relationships between men and women emphasize traditional
roles and normalize violence against women.
Through the project, entitled MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN Initiative Africa (IA) will
support media organizations to address each of these issues. In particular, it will assist
media organizations not just cover “women’s issues”, but make sure content is balanced
across gender lines and respects the diversity that represents nearly 50% of the world’s
population. IA will also advise for a strong commitment from management and promote
actions that ensure women occupy all roles in the newsroom, including senior positions.
With the project, IA will also organize training to ensure that women have the confidence
and skills they need to move up the job ladder as part and parcel of creating gender
equality in the media. While talent and on-the-job experience certainly helps, IA will
introduce mentoring and development programs as a way for young female journalists to
boost the careers.
The project MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN is supported by a grant made possible by the
Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa.

On the occasion of the launching of the 50:50 program, The executive director of Initiative Africa, Mr.Kebour Ghenna, cordially invites you to a cocktail party at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Consultative workshop with school leaders

IA hosted a consultative workshop with school leaders in Addis Ababa on Gender Equality: “Making Change Happen” project. The project focuses on gender empowerment programs, which address social norms and behavior change, seek out and build partnerships among organizations that work on gender issues, and develop programs that involve men and boys in the promotion of gender equality.


We will be having a consultative workshop with school leaders in Addis Ababa on “Gender Equality: Making Change Happen” project. The project focuses on gender empowerment programs which address social norms and behavior change, seek out and build partnerships among organizations that work on gender issues, and develop programs that involve men and boys in the promotion of gender equality.

ጩህ ጩህ አለኝ

                                                                            አያሌው አስረስ 

                                                                             (ለኢኒሺየተቭ አፍሪካ የቀረበ)

          መስቀል አደባባይ አጠገብ በሚገኘው አዲስ አበባ ሙዝየም ውስጥ ሰሞኑን አንድ አውደ ትርኢት ቀርቦ ነበር፡፡ አውደ ትርኢቱን ያዘጋጁት ሴታዊት የሚባል መንግሥተዊ ያልሆነ ድርጅት, ከዩኔ ውመን እና የስዊዲን ኤምባሲ (Sweden Embassy) በጋራ በመሆን ነው፡፡ ‹‹ ምን ለብሳ ነበር? ›› በሚል ርእስ የቀረበው ይህ አውደ ርእይ ያተኮረው አለባበስን ተንተርሶ  በሴቶች ልጆች ላይ የተፈጸመውን የወሲብ ጥቃት በማሳየት ላይ ነው፡፡እኛ ደግሞ  ጾታ እንጂ አለባበስ የመደፈር ምክንያት አይደለም፤ ያ ቢሆን  ኑሮማ  የአለቀ የተማሪ የደምብ ልብስ (ዩኒፎርም )  የለበሰቸው  መክሊት በምን ምክንያት ትደፈራለች? ብለን እንሞግታለን:: ፊት ለፊት አያምጡት እንጂ የእነሱም መሻት ይህን መስረገጥ ነው፡፡

ጥቃቱ የተፈጸመባቸውን ልጆች በእድሜ  ስናይ  ደግሞ የሰባት አመቷን አሚናን  እና የአስራ ዘጠኝ አመቷን መንበረን እናገኛልን፡፡ጥቃቱ የደረሰባቸው 16 ሴቶች ሲሆኑ ጥቃት አድራሽ ወንዶች ደግሞ 17 ናቸው፡፡ ይህ ማለት አንደኛዋ በሁለት ወንዶች ተደፍራለች ማለት ነው፡፡ ጥቀቱን ከፈጸሙት 17 ወንዶች ለሕግ የቀረቡት ሁለት ብቻ ናቸው፡፡ በሕግ ቁጥጥር ሥር ገብቶ የነበርው ሶስተኛው አጥቂ ለፖሊስ ጉቦ ሰጥቶ መውጣቱና መልሶም አለመያዙ ተገልጧል፡፡ አራተኛው ደግሞ በዋስ ወጥቶ በዚያው ጠፍቷል፡፡

የመደፈር አደጋ ከደረሰባቸው ውስጥ አንዷ  ኮከብ የተደፈረቸው ፖሊስ ጣቢያ ውስጥ ነው፤እስረኛ ሆና ተገኝታ  አይደለም ሕግ የጠብቀኛል ብላ ገብታ እንጂ፡፡  ከታሪኩ የድርጊቱን አፈጻጻም መገመት ይቻላል፡፡ ኮከብ  ከመኖሪያዋ ብዙም ወደ ማታውቀው አካባቢ ርቃ   ሔዳለች፡፡ ልትመለስ ስታሰብ ጊዜው መሽቷል፡፡ በዚያ የምታውቀው ያሳድረኛል የምትለው  ሰው ወይም ዘመድ የላትም፡፡ ስለዚህም ፖሊስ ጣቢያ ተጠግታ አድራ በሰላም ወደ አካበቢዋ ለመመለስ ወስና ጣቢያ ትሔዳለች፡፡ በቦታው የነበሩት ፖሊሶች በሃሰቧ ተስማምተው ከሴት እስረኞች ጋር እንድታድርና ጠዋት ወደ አገሯ እንድትሔድ  ይወሰናሉ፡፡ ተረኛ ፖሊሱ ግን ወስዶ ከሴት  እስረኞች ጋር እንድታድር አላደረገም፡፡ ከእረሱ ጋር እንድታድር አድርጎ ደፈራት፡፡ ጠዋት ላይ ወስዶ ከሴት እስረኞች ጋር ሲቀላቅላት እስረኞች ተቀወሙ፡፡ ስለዚህም ወንጀሉ ተጋለጠ፡፡ ምን ያደርጋል እሱም ለሕግ አልቀረበም፡፡ጩህ ጩህ የአለኝ ለዚህ  ነው፡፡

በአክሰትና ባጎት እጅ አድገው ለቁም ነገር የደረሱ ብዙዎች ቢኖሩም የቤዛዊት እጣ ግን ያማል፡፡ ‹‹ መጣችልህ የፈለግከውን አድረጋት›› ብላ አሳለፋ ለደፋሪው የሰጠቻት ወገኔ ብላ የተጠጋቻት  እንደ አንድ የቤት ሠራተኛ አገልጋይዋ አድርጋ ጉለበቷን ሰትበዘብዛት የነበረችው  አክስቷ ናት፡፡   የሰባት አመቷ የአሚና እና የአስራ ስምነት አመቷ የአርሴማ ጥቃት ደግሞ ለመናገር እራሱ ይከብዳል፡፡ ሰው ከሰውነት ወርዶ ፍጹም እንስሳ ሆኖ በእንስሳነት በሕሪውና ተግባሩ የተገለጠበት ድርጊት ነው፡፡ አርሞ ኮትኩቶ ለቁም ነገር ማድረስ የነበረበትን አባት  የገዛ ልጁን ሲደፍር  በምን ቃል ምሬትንና ጥላቻን  መግለጥ ይቻላል ? የክርሰትናና የእስልምና ወይም የሌላ እምነት ተከታይ ሃይማኖተኛ ሕዝቦች ነን  የምንል ሰዎች  የሞራል ልዕልናችን ወደ የት አለ?  ብሎ መጠየቅ ግድ ይሆናል፡፡ይህ አይነቱ ቅሌትና የሞራል ዝቅጠት አያሰጮህም?

በመጠቃተቸው የደረሰባቸው ጉዳት ሳያንሰ አንዳንዶቹ ለማርገዝና ለመውለድ ተገድደዋል፡፡አክስቷ ለመደፈር የዳረገቻት ቤዛዊት ልጇን ለማየት ምን ያህል ትጠላ እንደነበር የምተናገረው ምርር ባለ ቃል ነው፡፡ መከራውንና የመከራውን ማስተወሻ በአንድነት ለመያዝ መገደድ እሷን አታድርገኝ ያሰኛል፡፡

ጥፋቱ እንደተራ ጉደይ ታይቶ ፋይሉ የትም ተጥሎ ይሆናል፡፡ ተበዳዮች ወደ ፖሊስ ጣቢያ ተመላልሰው ነገሩን ለመቀስቀስ ሲነሱ ምን እንደሚጠብቀቸው ኤተወቅም፡፡ ምን አልባት  መጠቋቆሚያም እየተደረጉ እየተሸማቀቁ ተጨማሪ ጉዳት ላለማስተናገድ ቢቀርስ ብለው ነገሩን ትተውት ሸሽተው  ቤታቸው ገብተው ዘግተውም  ይሆናል፡፡መጮህ አሁንም መጮህ የሚያስፈልገው በሕገ አስፈጻሚው ላይ ነው ፡፡ ‘እነእከሌ ምን ሆኑ’ የሚሉ ተጨማሪ ጥቃት ፈጻሚዎች እያበዛብን እንዳይሆን ያሰጋል። ሁሉም ወገን በህፃናትና ሴቶች ላይ የሚደርስ ጥቃት ለመከላከል ዘብ ሊቆም ይገባል። በተለይ በት/ቤቶችና በማህበረሰቡ ውስጥ የባህርይ ለውጥ ማምጣት የሚያስችሉ እንቅስቃሴዎች ማድረግ ያስፈልጋል፡፡ በሴቶች ላይ የሚደርሱ ጥቃቶችን ለመከላከል ከተቋቋሙ መንግስታዊ ያልሆኑ ድርጅቶች ጋር መተባበር ያስፈልጋል።


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