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  • Inspiring Girls: Stories of Accomplished Ethiopian Women

     

    A collection of stories and photographs of accomplished and inspiring Ethiopian women

    We never hear about accomplished Ethiopian women, even though Ethiopia is a country of nearly 90 million people.  Not because there aren't any, but because their stories haven't been recorded and few outside their own circles know anything about them. This project aims to change that by telling the stories of 70 remarkable Ethiopian women who are pioneers in their fields and have expanded opportunities for girls and women in their communities.  We are producing a high quality coffee table book in which these amazing women tell their own stories, talk about their early years, the evolution of their interests and careers, their motivations, their dreams, their values and their advice to young women growing up today.  Beautiful photographs by internationally renowned Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh bring their stories to life on the page.

    For most girls growing up in Ethiopia today, going to school and staying in school is a struggle.  Most never dare to think about a life that goes beyond home and family, or to pursue a career in the face of community pressure.  Ethiopia's recent constitution, adopted in 1994, incorporates strong fundamental rights for women and a framework for overcoming longstanding inequality, but societal attitudes are changing slowly.   We hope this book will accelerate the improvements in women's status - offering role models for young women that can inspire them to dream big and educating the larger Ethiopian and international public about women's accomplishments.  In addition to the coffee table book, we will be distributing an Amharic language version of the book to libraries, schools and girls' clubs throughout Ethiopia to help inspire the next generation of accomplished women.

    Learn more and support the project at kickstarter.com

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  • Contribution of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie celebrated

     

    Addis Ababa, July 27, 2013 (WIC) - His majesty Haile Selassie’s contribution to the establishment of Organization of African Unity has been celebrated in Addis Ababa in the presence of Thabo Mbeki, former South African president.

    Mbeki recognized his majesty’s immense role in Africa’s independence struggle and in the establishment of the African union organization.

    The keynote speaker, Mr. Mbeki said it is a duty of this generation to glow the contributions of former African leaders that bring Africa where it is now; in that regard, he noted, his majesty Haile Selassie did a lot to African independence from colonialism and in realizing the union of African states.

    The event that celebrates the illustrious deeds of the former king happens in Addis Ababa at the headquarters of the African union in the presence of dignitaries and senior government officials.

    His majesty bring together the two sides that differ on issues of African Unity and make the union a reality with a resilient diplomatic effort of his team.

    Mrs. Solome Tadese reminded the conference that having no reminder for his glowing contribution is the failure of this generation not anyone else’s. She encourages the generation to erect things that celebrates the contributions of former leaders and individuals.

    While Kwame Nkrumah has a statute in the African Union headquarters new building, Haile Selassie gets nothing to his name. The conference agrees to erect a statute in cooperation with the government to illustrate the contributions of the king who does a lot to his continent in its needy days.

    According to ERTA, our staff reporter, the meeting attracts ambassadors, ministers, other dignitaries and families of his majesty.

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