How to be Strong Independent Woman Part three

Managing Your Finances

  • Foster financial independence, to the extent that is possible in your circumstances. The independence that comes with your ability to earn your own income, start your own bank account, and buy your own property is something women have been (and still are, in some parts of the world) deprived of


  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a raise. Women are less likely than men to ask for a raise. When they do ask for a raise, they ask for less money than a man typically would. Fall back on your assertiveness training and don’t be afraid to ask for the raise that you deserve.

How to be a Strong Independent Women Part 2

Part 2 Taking Care of Your Health

1) Get enough exercise. Staying in shape improves your overall health, your mood, and your energy levels, which will improve your performance in all aspects of your life. Regular exercise can help prevent disease such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes and it can also help with management of chronic disorders like asthma or back pain.

2) Eat healthy, nutritious foods. A healthy diet, like exercise, can help prevent disease and increase your mood and energy. Everyone is different and can have varying dietary requirements. Talk with your doctor or a certified nutritionist to develop a plan appropriate for you.

3) Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can affect your health and mood. Aim to get at least seven or eight hours of sleep so that you can function at your best every day.

4) Understand your health. Personal strength is manifested physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you want to be a strong, independent woman, you need look no further than your own body.

How to Be a Strong Independent Woman

Part 1 Practicing Assertiveness

1)Put yourself first. When you notice yourself needing something whether it is intimacy, affection, or attention, give yourself what you need. If you need attention, take a day to pamper yourself in some way. If you need intimacy, spend time writing in a journal or exploring nature. If you need affection, give yourself affection by thinking about what you love about yourself or taking yourself out for dinner and a movie. The more easily you can meet your own emotional needs, the healthier your relationships will be because you will know and understand yourself and be better able to express yourself to your partner.

2) Don’t compare yourself to other women. Having a female role model to look up to is great. Just be careful that you do not fall into jealousy. Although jealousy is natural to some degree, western society tends to exacerbate female jealousy through advertisements and films that feature unrealistic standards.

3) Set clear boundaries. Set clear boundaries that prioritize your own needs. For example, set boundaries with regards to as how much time you spend with someone, or the kinds of criticisms you are not willing to hear. Be sure you have other things going on in your life outside of any romantic relationship, whether it is school, work, friends, a fitness routine, or your family.

Set clear boundaries with the individual and communicate to this person your need to be your own independent person. Once the boundaries have been discussed, stick to them.

4) Stand up for yourself. Whether you are a man or a woman, you will have to learn to fend for yourself in the real world if you want to avoid being taken advantage of. You must learn how to stand up for yourself at school, at work, and in your social life.

5) Believe in yourself. When you believe in your abilities and your achievements, then you will convey strength. Pursue what you need and want. When you lack confidence or play the victim, you risk letting others walk all over you instead of getting what you need and want.

6) Let people know when they have hurt your feelings. If somebody betrays you in any way, be sure to let him or her know. It can be difficult to share your emotions, especially when you feel hurt or angry. But telling the other person how you feel may help prevent the person from repeating the behavior in the future.

7) Learn to recognize codependency. If you are co-dependent, you might find that the relationship defines your life. You might obsessively think about the other person and wait to decide until you have checked with him or her. Strive to overcome codependency by staying alert for the following signs.

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Innovative Grant Fund (IGF) signed and Pending Applicants

NoName of BMOsProgress
1Adama Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association Signed
2Adama women Entrepreneurs Association Signed
3Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association Signed
4Amhara Region Chamber of Sectoral AssociationSigned
5Amhara Women Entrepreneurs AssociationSigned
6Association of Women in BusinessSigned
7Axum Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association Signed
8Bahirdar City Women Entrepreneurs AssociationSigned
9Bishoftu Women Traders AssociationSigned
10Burayu Women Traders AssociationSigned
11Dukem Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral AssociationSigned
12African Agri-Business AcademySigned
13Ethiopian Chamber of Sectoral AssociationSigned
14Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association  Signed
15Ethiopian Event and Exhibition Organizers AssociationSigned
16Ethiopian Meat Producer-Exporters Association (EMPEA)Signed
17Ethiopian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Employers’ FederationSigned
18Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors AssociationSigned
19Ethiopian Tour Operator AssociationSigned
20Ethiopian Women Exporters Association Signed
21Gonder Town Women Entrepreneurs Association  Signed
22Harari Region Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral AssociationSigned
23Hawassa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral AssociationSigned
24Mekelle Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association Signed
25North Shewa Zone Women Entrepreneurs AssociationSigned
26Oromia Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral AssociationSigned
27Social Enterprise EthiopiaSigned
28South Gondar Women Entrepreneurs Association Signed
29Tigray Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association Signed
30Tinsae Disabled Training AssociationSigned
31Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Union Signed
32Satella Charitable OrganizationSigned
33Bekelle Molla Charitable OrganizationSigned
34Somali Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral AssociationSigned
35Fofa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association Signed
36Ethiopian Women Entrepreneurs AssociationSigned
37Ethiopian Cities AssociationSigned

Supporting the livelihood of Ethiopians through the digital Labor Market Information Systems [LMIS]

Initiative Africa is proud to announce that it has successfully coordinated and facilitated the third and final training session for experts and supervisors of the One Stop Service Centers (OSSCs) with its partner Jobs Creation Commission (JCC). The trainings took place in Adama city, in three rounds – the first one from 16 –20 Nov 2020, the second round from 25 –29 Nov 2020, and the final round from 4 –7 Dec 2020.

The training sessions were part of the collaboration agreement signed between Initiative Africa and the Federal Job Creation Commission (JCC). The objective of the partnership is geared towards efforts which will contribute to the development of a labor market information system database with the aim of addressing the job and employment issues in Ethiopia.

In describing the satisfaction of JCC over the support provided by IA, Yosef Sertse Hailemariam

Director, Data Analytics & Systems Jobs Creation Commission (JCC)

 “On behalf of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Jobs Creation Commission, I would like to extend my greater                              appreciation   to Initiative Africa’s management and leadership team to successfully deliver our partnership per set agreement                  by contributing towards the development of a National labour market information system. Our partnership was exemplary to                  others with detailed preparation, planning and execution and we are very honored to partner with development partners with              an excellency like yours.”

These trainings were made possible as one of the capacity building programs of the EMEA project implemented by IA with the support provided by Embassy of Sweden Addis Ababa/ Sida.

A Training on Gender Responsive Pedagogy

In its gender equality program called “MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN”, Initiative Africa has organized a two-days TOT for selected secondary school leaders and teachers on Gender Responsive Pedagogy in Adama City during 9-10 December 2020.

The objectives of the training were:

  • To build the capacity of school leaders on how to make their schools gender responsive.
  • To inspire teachers to prepare and deliver gender responsive lessons

During the training, management of gender responsive learning center, gender responsive language and classroom interaction as well as the issues of human rights and gender-based violence in schools were also addressed.

This training will also be cascaded to school leaders and teachers of the 112 secondary schools which are the targets of MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN project. The MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN project is supported by the Embassy of Sweden/ Sida.

International day for the elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAW/G)

Debre Berhan University with support of Initiative Africa and other organizations has celebrated International day for the elimination of Violence Against Women, and World Aids Day on December 8.
The University celebrated international Anti-Sexual Violence (White Ribbon) with the slogan “Let’s create a Generation that does not tolerate/ condemn Violence Against Women” The event had been celebrated for the 7th time in the university.