International Women’s Day 2014

Celebrating Ethiopian Women’s Achievements

On International Women’s Day, the UN engages young Ethiopians from Addis Ababa University in an interactive dialogue as a way of leading change and building youth consciousness towards women’s role in development.


The United Nations in Ethiopia and the Addis Ababa University Gender Office jointly organized a high level panel discussion to mark this year’s International Women’s Day (8 March 2014) and highlight the achievement of women in Ethiopia.

The event’s – “Equality for Woman is Progress for All: Celebrating Ethiopian Women’s Achievements in Ethiopia” - overall objective is to engage young women and men from various faculties of Addis Ababa University in an interactive dialogue as a way of leading social transformation and change.

Based on practical ideas and experience sharing, the discussion aims to build youth consciousness towards women’s role in development, but also encourage discourse by bringing practitioners and youth together.

“There is nothing that a man is able to do that a woman cannot do”, President Joyce Banda of Malawi.
This special panel discussion will bring together several high profile women who have not only made phenomenal commitments and undertaken actions that have changed the lives of other women across tiers of society; but in the long run, have contributed to the country’s on-going efforts to afford women greater empowerment, choices and voices.

Panellists include Ms Letty Chiwara (UNWOMEN Representative to Ethiopia, AU and UNECA), Ms. Aster Zaoude (Lawyer & Gender Equality Practitioner), Ms. Birtukan Gebregzi (Deputy-President, ENAT Bank) Ms. Chachi Tadesse (Musician and Children’s activist), Ms. Desta Hagos (Artist), Ms. Ingidaye Eshete (Chairperson of the Ethiopian Women’s Entrepreneur Association), Ms. Selamawit Adugna (Youth Representative) and Ms. Zenaye Tadesse (Managing Director, Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association).

This panel discussion is organized as part of UN in Ethiopia activities for the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2014. Other activities supported by the UN include Sunday 09 March, 2014 Women First 5 KM run organized by the Great Ethiopian Run