Gender Review of Print Media in Ethiopia

Initiative Africa’s study on women’s participation in print media draft report was presented  last week in the presence of invited guests. The study focuses on four selected newspapers and covered 6-month issues 

For more  Ghion Magazin


Draft report Gender review of print media-first draft (IA-MCH-DOC-REP-21-002)


Women’s Leadership Conference

Ashagari consultancy in Partnership with Initiative Africa (IA) and other organizations held women’s Leadership Conference on the theme ‘Beyond Political Quota Commercial’ at UNCEA on March 31-2021. Leaders and Representatives from Governmental organization, private sectors and CSOs attended the conference. The conference was opened by a welcoming speech by W/o Mekides Gebireweld, the founder and Managing Director of Ashagari Consultancy. 

Following that  Wz.Aster Tilahun from ARDAN, her speech was focused on RED CARD for violence and discrimination against women and girls, which was an interesting topic in the conference. 

Other speckers from different organizations take the stage and presented their speechs on different topics: to recall a few  

Unconscious Gender Bias and Women’s Leadership by Dr. Azeb -psychiatrist 

Embracing Change Together by Mrs Saskia Kioezeman –Consultant and 

Learn -Live -Lead: Leadership tool to expand influence by Wz. Mekdes Gebrewold 

The participants were actively forwarding their questions and suggestions following each speakers and ideas raised which enriched the discussion. 

These types of conferences won’t be the last as Ashagari Women and IA are in partnership to make it an annual event.  


የኢንሼቲቪ አፍሪካ ማህበር ጠቅላላ ጉባኤ ተካሄደ

የሲቪል ማህበረሰብ ድርጅቶች አካል የሆነው ኢንሼቲቭ አፍሪካ አመታዊ ጠቅላላ ጉባኤውን  መጋቢት 16 ቀን 2013 ዓ.ም በሞዛይክ ሆቴል ተካሄዷል፡፡

ድርጅቱ እ.ኤ.አ በ 2020 ያከናወናቸው ስራዎች በሶስት መርሃ ግብሮች የተከፋፈሉ ሲሆን እነዚህም “ለውጥ በለውጥ – የስርዓተ ፆታ ጉዳዮችን ማካተት፣ በአካባቢ ልማት የወጣቶችን ልማት ማሳደግ እና የዜጎች ትምህርት እና  የምርጫ ጉዳዮች እንዲሁም የንግድ ዘርፍ ማህበራት እና ምክር ቤቶችን መደገፍ እና አቅም ማጎልበት በተጨማሪም  14ኛው አዲስ ኢንተርናሽናል ፊልም ፌስቲቫል ስራዎች እንደሆኑ የድርጅቱ ጊዜያዊ ሥራ አስኪያጅ አቶ የኋላሸት ገ/ሚካኤል ካቀረቡት ማብራሪያ መረዳት ተችሏል፡፡

ድርጅቱም በዚህ አመት ያጋጠሙት ችግሮች እና የተወሰዱ እርምጃዎችን  ጊዜያዊ ሥራ አስኪያጁ ለጉባኤው አባላት ሲገልፁም  ከመጋቢት ወር 2012 ዓ.ም ጀምሮ በሀገራችን በተከሰተው የኮሮና ወረርሽኝ እና እርሱን ተከትሎ የተወሰደው የአስቸኳይ ጊዜ አዋጅ ስብሰባን እና ተቀራርቦ መስራትን መከልከሉ የታቀዱ ተግባራት በመጓተታቸው ይህንንም ከድጋፍ ሰጪዎች ጋር በመነጋገር የእቅድ ክለሳ መደረጉን  ጠቅሰዋል፡፡

አቶ የኋላሸት በማያያዝም ድርጅቱ ዓላማውን ሙሉ በሙሉ ለማሳካት እንዲያስችለው ለተለያዩ ለጋሾች ያቀረበው የፕሮጀክት ፕሮፖዛል አዎንታዊ ምላሽ  አለማግኘቱንም እንደችግር  አስቀምጠዋል፡፡

ድርጅቱ እ.ኤ.አ በ2020 ላከናወናቸው ተግባራት በአጠቃላይ ከብር  18 ሚሊዮን  932 ሺህ ብር በላይ ወጪ ማድረጉን  በውጭ ኦዲተር የተረጋገጠ ሲሆን ከዚህ ውስጥ የፕሮግራም ወጪ 84 በመቶ፣ የአስተዳደራዊ ወጪ ደግሞ 16 በመቶ መሆኑን ከውጭ ኦዲተሩ ሪፖርት ማወቅ ተችሏል፡፡

ኢንሼቲቭ አፍሪካ እ.ኤ.አ በ2021 ዐም ያቀዳቸው ፕሮግራሞች የድርጅቱ  ጊዜያዊ ስራ አስኪያጅ በዝርዝር  ለማህበሩ ጠቅላላ ጉባኤ  አባላት  የገለፁ ሲሆን  ከእነኚህም መካከል  እ.ኤ.አ በ 2020 ያልተጠናቀቁትን ማጠናቀቅ በ ”ለውጥ በለውጥ – 2 የንግድ ማህበረሰብ  ለሰላም” እና የዜጎች ትምህርት ጉዳዮች እንዲሁም  በስድስተኛው ሀገር አቀፍ ምርጫ  የመጀመሪያ ጊዜ መራጮች ትምህርት በተመረጡ  ሁለተኛ ደረጃ  እና ዩኒቨርሲቲዎች መስጠት በተጨማሪም  በተመረጡ ጉዳዮች የተለያዩ የውይይት መድረኮችን  በማዘጋጀት ማወያየትም ሌላው የፕሮግራም ተግባር መሆኑ ታውቋል፡፡

የድርጅቱ ጠቅላላ ጉባኤ አባላት በቀረቡላቸው ሪፖርቶች እና እቅዶች ላይ አንዳንድ ማብራሪያ እንዲሰጣቸው ከጠየቁ በኋላ ባገኙት ምላሽ ረክተው  ሪፖርቶቹን መሉ በሙሉ  ተቀብለው አፅድቀዋል፡፡

What is Women’s Empowerment and Principles

Women’s empowerment can be defined to promoting women’s sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others.

It is closely aligned with female empowerment – a fundamental human right that’s also key to achieving a more peaceful, prosperous world.

In Western countries, female empowerment is often associated with specific phases of the women’s rights movement in history. This movement tends to be split into three waves, the first beginning in the 19th and early 20th century where suffrage was a key feature. The second wave of the 1960s included the sexual revolution and the role of women in society. Third wave feminism is often seen as beginning in the 1990s.

Women’s empowerment and promoting women’s rights have emerged as a part of a major global movement and is continuing to break new ground in recent years. Days like International Women’s Empowerment Day are also gaining momentum.

But despite a great deal of progress, women and girls continue to face discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

source World Vision

International Day of Happiness

What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness. Last year, the Smurfs rallied behind the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for the International Day of Happiness.

The United Nations invites each person of any age, plus every classroom, business and government to join in celebration of the International Day of Happiness.

Ways to Stop Violence Against Women

  • Create laws and enforce existing laws that protect women from discrimination and violence, including rape, beatings, verbal abuse, mutilation, torture, “honor” killings and trafficking.
  • Educate community members on their responsibilities under international and national human rights laws.
  • Promote the peaceful resolution of disputes by including the perspectives of women and girls.
  • Strengthen women’s ability to earn money and support their households by providing skills training for women.
  • Sensitize the public to the disadvantages of early and forced child marriages.
  • Highlight the value of girls’ education and of women’s participation in economic development.
  • Encourage women to participate in the political process and educate the public about the value of women’s votes.
  • Raise public awareness of the poor conditions some women face, particularly in rural areas.   Source
    Young African Leaders Initiative

International Zero Discrimination Day

“Discrimination is a violation of human rights and must not go unchallenged,”

“Everyone has the right to live with respect and dignity.”

This year’s theme Open Up, Reach Out encourages all members of the international community to unite under the banner of diversity and celebrate each other’s difference in an authoritative rejection of discrimination in all its forms.

At the same time, Zero Discrimination Day, observed annually on 1 March, draws attention to the millions who still suffer from social and economic exclusion due to prejudice and intolerance. Millions of women and girls in every region of the world, for instance, experience violence and abuse on a daily basis and struggle to access adequate health care and education.

Meanwhile, globally, there are almost 80 countries that still have laws criminalizing same-sex sexual relations while some 38 countries, territories and areas impose some form of restriction on the entry, stay and residence of people living with HIV. Furthermore, legal and social environments are still failing to address stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and those most vulnerable to HIV infection.

Source United Nation

World Day of Social Justice 2021

2021 Theme: A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy


The digital economy is transforming the world of work. Over the past decade, expansion in broadband connectivity, cloud computing, and data have led to the proliferation of digital platforms, which have penetrated several sectors of the economy and societies. Since early 2020, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to remote working arrangements and allowed for the continuation of many business activities, further reinforcing the growth and impact of the digital economy. The crisis has also laid bare and exacerbated the growing digital divide within, between and across developed and developing countries, particularly in terms of the availability, affordability and use of information ICTs and access to the internet, deepening existing inequalities.

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How to become motivated

  • Set goals. When you set a goal, you make a decision to act in a way that will help you achieve what you want. Goals give you a direction to focus on – one that’s measurable and has an endpoint. This can help you to stay motivated.
  • Choose goals that interest you. You’re much more likely to stay motivated if you’re working towards something that you genuinely want to do or achieve, rather than what other people want for you.
  • Find things that interest you within goals that don’t. Sometimes other people set goals or tasks for us that we don’t find interesting or want to do. So, try and find something within that task that does motivate you. For example: ‘I find maths challenging, but it’s going to help me become a builder, which I want more than anything.’
  • Make your goal public. If you tell someone – or write down – your goal, you’ve essentially made a promise to keep your word.
  • Plot your progress. When you’re working towards something, it can be really motivating if you can see evidence that you’re making progress. Draw or create a visual representation of how you’re coming closer to achieving the goal you’ve set yourself.
  • Break up your goal. Start with easier tasks and work your way up to bigger challenges. Breaking up a task in your mind into achievable chunks helps build confidence.
  • Use rewards. Promise yourself some sort of reward each time you complete a step/task.
  • Don’t do it alone. Join a group, or find a partner or someone you can share the experience with. Other people’s encouragement to keep going can be a big boost to your motivation, particularly when you’re doing it tough.   source REACH