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

IA signed Project agreement with Tigray and Mekelle CCSA under the IGF Program

During the IGF First Round Call, three [3] Chambers from the Tigray region [i.e., Tigray CCSA, Mekelle CCSA and Axum CCSA] were successfully selected to be part of the first-round beneficiaries. Following up the recent conflict in Tigray region and interruption of any means of communication between the region and other parts of the country, Initiative Africa IA was on hold of finalizing the process towards the signing of the agreement.

Immediately after the telephone communication had restarted in Mekelle city, IA invited representatives from Tigray and Mekelle Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations in Addis Abeba. The reason for it was to discuss on any necessary modifications towards the prior project activities, due to the current situations, as well as finalizing the signage of the agreement and proceed towards the implementation. IA had a very fruitful discussion with both chamber representatives regarding their project and was able to sign the agreement accordingly. The collaborative effort with these two chambers as well as the remaining IGF beneficiaries will be strengthened to successfully implement their project in addressing the issues of the private sector.

In the coming week, IA  is also planning to finalize the agreement and begin implementation of the project with Axum CCSA which as well was interrupted due to the communication blockage in the region.

A strong woman

   1. A strong woman knows who she is.

  • She considers who she is and what she wants for herself.
  • She follows her heart.
  • She shows her authentic self and honors her instincts.
  • She is self-aware and continually growing into her true self.
  • She cultivates her own interests.
  • She can understand and appreciate her own strengths, then use those strengths to achieve her own success.
  1. A strong woman stands up for herself.
  • She is not afraid to share her ideas and thoughts, regardless of what others think.
  • She speaks her heart and her mind.
  • She respects herself enough to stand up for herself, the causes she believes in, and the welfare of others.
  1. A strong woman is happy! Happiness will help you become the best version of yourself.
  • She brings fun into her life and whatever she does.
  • She tries to develop a sense of balance.
  • She counts her blessings.
  • She strives to create a positive environment for herself and her family.
  • She lives fully, loves hard, has fun, and has a sense of humor.
  1. A strong woman challenges herself.  Even a woman who is capable, confident, and secure in her strengths must challenge herself to continue growing and pushing unfamiliar boundaries.
  • Even if life is not easy, she makes a point to find the good and make things better.
  • She meets a challenge head-on.
  • She puts one foot in front of the other every day.
  1. she admits she doesn’t have all the answers. She is willing to be flexible and seek more information in order to better her life and sharpen her mind.
  • She asks questions.
  • She has a willingness to learn but can be the teacher when needed.
  • She is confident in her abilities, but willing to learn more.

Source Strong women strong girls


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.

Source wikiHow



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