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