Ethiopian Women’s Association in Saudi Arabia revitalise efforts to support their constituencies

The ILO organized and successfully completed a capacity building workshop for members of Ethiopian Women’s Association in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from April 8-10, 2016.

Press release | 12 April 2016
ADDIS ABABA (ILO News) – A two day workshop organized to improve the capacity and scope of support to be provided to Ethiopian migrant workers via the Ethiopian Women’s Association in Jeddah, KSA was successfully completed on 10 April 2016.

The workshop which was implemented by the ILO, in partnership with Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was officially launched by Ambassador Desta W/Yohannes, Director General of Women's Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During their opening speech Dr. Desta and Ms. Aida Awel from ILO noted that a large number of Ethiopian migrant workers still remain in Saudi Arabia and that providing support for Ethiopian citizens to protect and benefit themselves during their stay as workers in Saudi Arabia remains the crucial goal for both the association and the consular mission in Jeddah.

Some of the key objectives of the workshop included providing financial literacy and life skills, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and best practices in protecting and promoting the rights of Ethiopian Migrant workers, as well as understanding the required structure necessary to support and empower Ethiopian women MDWs migrants’ to have access to health and legal services, social security and health insurance schemes and finally improve services of diplomatic and consular missions to protect and ultimately assist women MDWs in Jeddah.

At the end of the workshop, participants expressed their renewed commitment to deliver better service as well as the need to continue such types of support to the association.

In 2013, following the forced repatriation of more than 160,000 Ethiopian migrant workers, efforts to provide the right educational and structural support to the remaining Ethiopians was identified as a major factor towards the protection of their rights, finances and psychological wellbeing.

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ILO Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan | Aida Awel | +2515444165 | aida@ilo.org