18 October 2005

Ethiopia: AAWA Says Empowerment of Women Instrumental in Reducing Poverty

Addis Ababa — Chairperson of the Addis Ababa Women's Association (AAWA) said extricating women from the quagmire of poverty would be possible through the empowerment of women.

Speaking at a panel discussion organized in connection with the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, Tigu Woldesenbet said gender equality should be ensured to help women be free of economic dependency.

Gender disparity should be ended to raise the participation of women in development, she said.

Tigu said ensuring gender equality is a key element in reducing poverty, ensuring human rights as well as democracy and good governance.

The association, the chairperson said, has been contributing its share in ending gender inequality and improve women's participation in development.

Director of Ethiopian Women Associations' Coalition, Saba Gebre-Medhin on her part said that the objective of the panel was forwarding recommendations on ways of addressing political and socio economic problems of destitute women.

Research papers on topics of gender equality, women's rights, decision-making and administrative role of women as well as other related issues.

Women engaged in micro business and representatives of various women associations have attended the panel discussion.

Meanwhile, conducive situations enabling women to benefit from development activities need to be created in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Educating women should be given priority to enable women benefit from multifaceted activities.

Assistant Coordinator of the Awassa branch of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers' Association, Haregua Degu said government bodies should give due attention to educating women.

Haregua made the statement at a half-day discussion organized in collaboration with the UNDP in Awassa town, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State.

She said women also have to be committed themselves to curb economic dependency.

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