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  • At Least Two People Dead in Ethnic Clashes in Dire Dawa City

    By Staff Reporter

    Dire-Dawa-EthiopiaNovember 19, 2019 ( -- At least two people have been killed and ten others wounded in ethnic clashes in Dire Dawa, Ethiopian eastern city.

    Eyewitness told the clashes involved members of ethnic Somali and ethnic Oromo communities.

    The clashes which continued on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at a place called Ginde Gerada have left at least ten people wounded and two of them died at the Dil Chora hospital.

    The city has been the scene of sporadic clashes between members from the two ethnic groups for several months, reportedly over land ownership issues.

    Ethnic Somalis and Ethnic Oromos both claim ownership of the city which lies strategically on the Ethiopia-Djibouti highway.

    According to the eyewitnesses, there were dozens of people who denied the injured acces

  • More Than 2.3M People Registered for Sidama Referendum

    By Staff Reporter

    Sidama-VoteNovember 18, 2019 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) disclosed that more than 2.3 million people have been registered for the planned referendum to decided on the Sidama people’s request for a regional state status.

    Briefing journalists on Monday, November 18, 2019, NEBE chairperson Birtukan Medekissa said except minor offenses, including trying to take away voter registration cards; disappearance along with voters’ document and destructing movement of one observer, the registration process was peaceful and successful.

    The referendum, which is expected to be conducted on Wednesday 20, 2019, will decide whether Sidama Zone becomes region or continues as zone.

    Registration of voters took place from 7 Nov.-16 Nov.2019 in all districts of Sidama Zo

  • New Party to Follow Inclusive Capitalist Economy: Official

    By Staff Reporter

    EPRDF-exec-meetingNovember 17, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) executive committee announced that it will be following “inclusive capitalist economic policy” as a guiding principle in the proposed united national party.

    The committee in its second-day meeting on Sunday, November 17, 2019, discussed the draft Manifesto of the proposed united national party which will replace the coalition before the upcoming elections due to take place in May next year.

    “The new party will strengthen the federal system and democracy. It would be inclusive and respect diversity of languages,” said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on his Facebook page.

    EPRDF Executive Committee member Fikadu Tesema told local media that the front discussed economic, political, social and

  • Ethiopian Police Arrests Foreigners Involved in Drug Smuggling, Printing Dollars

    By Staff Reporter

    Traffickers-EthiopiaNovember 17, 2019 ( -- The Addis Ababa Bole Airport Customs Office has seized 47.4 kg of cocaine which was on transit at the airport’s passengers’ terminal. Ethiopian police also apprehended eight foreigners red-handed while printing counterfeit US dollars in Addis Ababa.

    The cocaine was seized in a joint operation by members of the Customs’ Intelligence and anti-contraband department and the Ethiopian National Information Intelligence Service.

    Five Brazilians who were allegedly involved in smuggling the cocaine were apprehended. The customs office said the suspects had been smuggling the drug to different countries, packed in varying bag sizes.

    The suspects, comprised of four female suspects and one male were arrested, each smuggling varying volumes of cocaine. The

  • PM Abiy Urges Universities to Take Action, Warns Closure if Violence Persists

    By Staff Reporter

    PM-Abiy-warns-universitiesNovember 15, 2019 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has urged universities to take action on violent students and warned the government will shut down universities if they continue to be grounds for ethnic-based clashes.

    The premier made the remark on Friday, November 15, 2019, while holding discussion with board chairmen and presidents of universities and heads of regional and federal security offices on possible solutions to halt ongoing ethnic-based clashes occurring in some universities of the country.

    Abiy urged the leadership of the universities to take administrative measures against those students involved in creating chaos on university grounds.

    “You don’t need to negotiate. You have to take administrative measures on those students who are there to incite violence in

  • Religious Leaders Urge the Ethioppian Government to Uphold Rule of Law

    By Staff Reporter

    Religion-Leaders-EthiopiaNovember 14, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian religious leaders have once again criticized the government of Ethiopia for failing to ensure the supremacy of the law as ethnic clashes and religion-based attacks continue to claim lives in different parts of the country.

    Speaking at a meeting organized by the House of Federation on Thursday, the religious fathers said religion-based attacks are risking the well-being of Ethiopians and the unity of the nation.

    The meeting stressed that the good values, including living in unison, harmony and tolerance among the Ethiopian people have been eroded, subjecting citizens of the nation to death and displacement.

    With God’s will, our prayers to the almighty, and our advice to our followers, the government needs to take the necessary measures

  • Minister Blames Third Party for Ethnic Clashes at Ethiopian Universities

    By Staff Reporter

    Samuel-Kifle-MoSHENovember 13, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) blamed a third party for the ongoing inter-ethnic clashes at various universities of the country.

    In a briefing on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, state minister Dr. Samuel Kifle said the teaching and learning process has been disrupted in some universities found in Oromia regional state due to inter-ethnic clashes following the incident in Woldia University where two students were killed and several others injured.

    According to the state minister, the teaching and learning process in Woldia, Jimma, Metu, Medawelabu, and Oda Bultum universities has been suspended due to security concerns.

    Dr, Samuel blamed trouble making individuals are intentionally inciting violence among students and working for escalat

  • One Student Dead, Dozens Wounded in Ethnic-Based Attacks at Dembi Dolo University

    By Staff Reporter

    Dembi-Dolo-UniversityNovember 12, 2019 ( -- At least one ethnic Amhara student was killed and a dozen others wounded in what seems like a revenge attack in Dembi Dolo university of Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia.

    Ethnic Amhara students told that three students of the university were kidnapped and their whereabouts are unknown.

    The attack by ethnic Oromo students followed inter-ethnic clashes last Saturday at Woldia University where two ethnic Oromo students were killed and many others wounded.

    According to reports, the tension is not limited to one university. Ethnic Amhara students in Jimma, Wedewelabu, Harmaya and Adama universities in Oromia region are expressing security concerns, fearing possible attacks from angry ethnic Oromo students.

    Hundreds of students reportedl

  • Ethiopia Unveils 2nd Essential Health Services Package

    By Staff Reporter

    Health-Package-EthiopiaNovember 12, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia has unveiled the 2nd essential health services package tailored to achieve universal health coverage across the country.

    The revised health service package aims to provide access to quality health services for all Ethiopians with full financial risk protection regardless of age, ability to pay, economic status, and geographic locations.

    Launching the package, Minister of Health Dr, Amir Aman said all citizens of the country—no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have—would get access to quality healthcare services without suffering from any financial hardship.

    The main health concerns in Ethiopia include maternal mortality, malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS compounded by acute malnutrition and lack of access to clean

  • Tensions Remain High at Woldia University Following Student Clashes

    By Staff Reporter

    Woldia-University-conflictNovember 11, 2019 ( -- Tensions remain high in Woldia University of Amhara state after two students were killed amid enter-ethnic clashes.

    Police said at least 13 students were arrested on suspicion of instigating the clashes, which resulted from personal disputes. Other suspects are still at large, said Colonel Hailemariam Ambaye, head of the North Wello Zone Peace and Security Bureau. 

    The regional government has finalized preparations to take measures against forces attempting to instigate violence at ten universities of the region, Agegnehu Teshager, Head of Amhara State Peace and Security Affairs Bureau told a regular session of the regional parliament.

    According to the security head, personal disagreement between fans of competing European football c

  • United National Party Will Bring All-Rounded Success to Ethiopia - PM Abiy Ahmed

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-Prosperity-PartyNovember 19, 2019 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the proposed united national party, which will succeed the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), will bring not only material benefits but also the realization of all-rounded success to Ethiopia. The formation of the new party, named Ethiopian Prosperity Party (EPP), has been under consideration for several years. This year marks the first time the party took decisive steps to make the transition a reality.

    Abiy’s remark came after the executive committee of the EPRDF decided Oromiffa, Tigrigna, Somali, and Afar languages to serve as national languages in addition to Amharic.

    The committee has come up with a common understanding of EPRDF’s unification, program and legal framework for the propo

  • Nile Water Vital to Ethiopia as It Is to Egypt - Ethiopian Ambassador

    By Staff Reporter

    Ambassador-Meles-AlemNovember 18, 2019 ( -- Following the announcement of the construction of the Ethiopian Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), there has been speculation on the rise of tension between Ethiopia and Egypt.

    The GERD, the centerpiece of the country’s bid to become Africa’s biggest power exporter by generating more than 6,000 megawatts, wasn’t positively welcomed by the Egyptian side, claiming the Nile as the cornerstone of Egyptian survivability.

    In spite of numerous negotiations, many Issues related to the GERD remain unresolved.

    The disagreement on the GERD are mostly centered on the issue of the annual flow of water to Egypt and how to manage droughts in the years to come. And two months ago the effort to reach a comprehensive, adaptive, sustainable and mutually be

  • EPRDF Approves Plans to Transform Itself into a United National Party

    By Staff Reporter

    Fikadu-Tesema-EPRDFNovember 17, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) executive committee approved a study document drafted on the transformation of the ruling coalition into a united national political party.

    According to earlier reports, the EPRDF leaders plan to launch a unified national party called Ethiopian Prosperity Party (EPP).

    In its extraordinary meeting on Saturday, November 16, 2019, the committee approved the study with a majority vote and with six members voting against it.

    The six members of the executive committee who voted against the proposal are believed to be from Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The TPLF has been voicing opposition to the plan since the 11th organizational conference of the EPRDF held in Hawassa, the capital of the South Natio

  • Amhara, Oromo Political Parties Agree to Address Clashes at Ethiopian Universities

    By Staff Reporter

    PM-Amhara-Oromia-meetingNovember 15, 2019 ( -- Seven political parties operating in Amhara and Oromia regions of Ethiopia have agreed to join efforts to address and deter the escalating ethnic clashes occurring in the country’s university grounds.

    The Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Oromia National Party (ONP) and the Amhara Social Vision Front (ASVF) announced their agreement at the end of their two-day meeting in the prime minister office.

    In a statement issued on Friday, the parties have agreed to refrain from engaging in belligerent activities that would compromise the long-time ties and incite violence between the peoples of the ethnic Amhara and Oromo.

    “Our difference is not above the

  • EPRDF Agrees to Form a United National Party; TPLF Dissents

    By Staff Reporter

    EPRDF-Move-United-PartyNovember 14, 2019 ( -- Three of the four founding member political parties of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) have approved a study document to form a united national party. The Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the fourth and founding party of the EPRDF, has dissented.

    EPRDF’s Political Parties and Civic Affairs Head Fikadu Tessema on Thursday told local news media that the central committees of the three-member parties of the coalition party, namely the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP), and the South Ethiopian Peoples Democratic Movement (SEPDM) have all endorsed the document stating the way forward on forming a united national party.

    According to the head, the TPLF did not endorse the document

  • The Flaws with Ethiopian Political System

    By Abel Merawi

    Ethiopian-Political-SystemNovember 14, 2019 ( -- There is something ironic and sad when one follows election news in developing countries, especially African countries. Just days before election day, it is common to see riots breaking out with protestors claiming that the leaders will rig the election. These demonstrations, mostly called by rival parties, do not demand a fair election, but they claim that the election is rigged unless they win. I fear that a similar pattern is bound to happen in Ethiopia unless some major flaws in the political system are someday rectified. Although I am not a political expert, I will attempt to provide a general analysis of the overall political atmosphere currently developing in the country. I will examine the looming threat by considering the political parties, the electorate, and external fact

  • Federal Attorney General to File Lawsuit Against 68 Suspects of Coup Attempt

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-Attorney-GeneralNovember 13, 2019 ( -- The Federal Attorney General announced today that it is preparing to file charges this week against suspects of the June 22, 2019 coup attempt in allegedly orchestrated in Amhara regional state and Addis Ababa.

    Preparations have been made to file charges against 68 suspects (55 from Bahir Dar and 13 from Addis Ababa), Federal Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye said in a joint briefing on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

    According to the attorney general, the four-month-long investigation of the police has confirmed that the late Ethiopian chief of Staff Seare Mekonnon and late President of the Amhara regional state Dr.Ambachew Mekonnon and other high-level government officials were killed in a coup attempt.

     “The coup attempt and subsequent k

  • Addis Ababa Renames Roundabout and Street to Honor Relations with Washington DC

    By Staff Reporter

    Washington-DC-Mayor-Addis-AbabaNovember 12, 2019 ( -- Addis Ababa city has renamed a roundabout and a street to honor relations with Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America. Addis Ababa city renamed a roundabout formerly called Gazebo Roundabout to “Washington DC Square” whilst the Washington DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser, was paying an official visit to the Ethiopian capital. The avenue linking the square to the headquarters of the African Union has also been renamed "Mayor Muriel Bowser Street" after the visiting Mayor Bowser.

    The naming comes after a host of agreements were signed between Addis Ababa and Washington D.C. to bolster their cooperation in various fields.

    The Mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, and Takele Uma, the Deputy Mayor of the Addis Ababa city signed t

  • Interview with Eskinder Nega, Leader of Addis Ababa Baladera Council

    By Staff Reporter

    Eskinder-Nega-Baladera-CouncilNovember 11, 2019 ( -- Eskinder Nega, born in 1968, is an Ethiopian journalist and a blogger based in Addis Ababa. He is known for founding the Addis Ababa Baladera Council, an organization meant to protect Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, from special claims and interests by regional parties.

    Eskinder Nega has a long history of activism protesting the Ethiopian government as far back as 1993 when he founded his first newspaper called Ethiopis. Since then, Eskinder has been in the crosshairs of the Ethiopian government, and he has been in and out of prison numerous times.

    Since 2005, Eskinder has been jailed eight times. As editor of the newspaper called Satenaw, he was arrested on November 28, 2005, following demonstrations against the results of the Ethiopian general elections held th

  • More Than 70 People Arrested for Stealing Over 60 Million Birr

    By Staff Reporter

    Addis-Ababa-Police-CommissionNovember 8, 2019 ( -- The Addis Ababa Police have arrested more than 70 individuals on suspicion of stealing over 60 million birr using stolen and fake bank cheques as well as forged documents.

    The commission in a statement said the suspects were apprehended by the joint operation of the federal and Addis Ababa police members following tips received from the National Information and Intelligence Service.

    Yared Alemayehu, the head of Severe Robbery and Theft Investigation Department with the Addis Ababa Police Commission said the suspects are accused of stealing cheques from different private companies and using wrong documents and withdrawing 60,843,000 birr from accounts of private companies and institutions.

    “Some of the suspects were apprehended while withdrawing another 28 m

  • US, WB Role on GERD Talks Limited to Assisting Negotiators - Ethiopian FM

    By Staff Reporter

    Gedu-Andargachew-FM-EthiopiaNovember 8, 2019 ( -- The role of United States and World Bank as observer in future talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project is limited to assisting the countries to reach a win-win solution.

    Briefing journalists and Ethiopian diplomats and community in Washington DC on Friday following the conclusion of the US mediated talks between the three countries, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew said the US mediated talks involve just procedures on how the three countries would resolve differences in relation to the GERD project.

    He said the US mediated talks rather helped Ethiopia to explain its position to the world community with regard to the project and on the use of the Nile waters fairly and equitably to the benefits

  • Intellectuals and the People

    By Abel Merawi

    Intellectuals-and-PeopleNovember 6, 2019 ( -- George Orwell remarked how some ideas are so foolish that only intellectuals could believe them, for no ordinary person could be such a fool. The historical records of the twentieth century, including the two world wars, are enough to show how dictators were supported by intellectuals even when they are under no pressure. The intellectuals that supported eugenics shared the dream of Hitler in improving genetics, resulting in the holocaust that took the lives of millions of Jews. Before discussing the work of intellectuals any further, it is better to define the term with its categories of intellects. Later, we will explore the mentality of intellectuals with a special focus on how they affect society. I found the book of Thomas Sowell called ‘Intellectuals and Society’ to be

  • Mesafint Tigabu, Alleged Killer of Late Ethiopian Army Chief, Appears Before Court

    By Staff Reporter

    Mesafint-killer-SeareNovember 6, 2019 ( -- Corporal Mesafint Tigabu, who is accused of killing the late Ethiopian army Chief Seare Mekonnen has recovered from his injuries of gun bullet and appeared before court.

    Mesafint who was the bodyguard of the late Ethiopian Army Chief of Staff has so far been in the intensive care unit at the Black Lion Hospital after he was shot and injured during a coup attempt which left General Seare Mekonnen and another retired General Gezai Abera dead on June 22 this year in Addis Ababa.

    Government authorities, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, publicly accused Corporal Mesafint Tigabu of killing the Generals who were on duty, thwarting the attempted coup in Bahir Dar, the regional capital of Amhara State.

    Addressing the national parliament, Abiy had said the bodyguard

  • Ethiopia Allows Foreigners of Ethiopian Origin to Engage in Insurance Business

    By Staff Reporter

    Diaspora-finance-EthiopiaNovember 5, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian parliament has lifted a ban that prevented foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin from engaging in insurance and finance businesses. Foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin can now engage in insurance and microfinance businesses.

    In its 3rd regular session on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the parliament unanimously approved the amended insurance business proclamation, allowing foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin to participate in the country’s insurance sector.

    The most probable reason for the Ethiopian government to prevent foreigners but of Ethiopian origin from engaging in insurance business was to protect the infant domestic insurance companies which do not have the desired financial strength, know-how and human resources to be abl

  • Is the Ethiopian News Media Partly to Blame for the Ongoing Unrest?

    By Saff Reporter

    Ethiopia-Net-Freedom-2018November 5, 2019 ( -- The media has a powerful role to play in disseminating truth and exposing misdeeds such as oppression and violence against humanity. It is even considered as the Fourth Estate for its explicit capacity for advocacy and implicit ability to frame political issues.

    Even though the media is not formally recognized as a part of a political system, it has a very significant influence in shaping the national conversation and shifting policies in a given country.

    In democratic systems, the role of media is considered as part of the voice of the masses and hence accorded considerable latitude. However, in not so democratic states, media freedom is almost always under attack. In such states, the media then becomes reflective of the powerful elites controlling the levers of

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  • Joint Security Mechanism Workshop Convenes in Juba

    By Staff Reporter

    Juba-meetingNovember 19, 2019 ( -- IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Dr. Ismail Wais, presided over a two-day workshop for the security mechanisms of the Revitalized Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict on South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

    The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), the Ceasefire & Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring & Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) and the African Union Commission (AUC).

    The workshop will focus on producing a work plan and matrix with specific timelines and responsibilities that conform to the agreed-upon one hundred (100) days extension.

    The mechanisms of the peace agreement including National Pre-transitional Committee (NPTC), Joint Defense Board (JDB), Joint Transitional Security Committee (JTSC), Joint Military Ceasefir

  • Africa Industrialization Week Opens in Addis Ababa

    By Staff Reporter

    AIW-2019November 18, 2019 ( -- The Africa Industrialization Week conference was opened today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference was organized by Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry International Trade Centre, Geneva (ITC), the Korean-African Foundation, and the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce, among many others.

    The Innovation week will have the participation of at least 1,000 multi-stakeholder delegates drawn from the private sector, public sector, civil society, development partners, and trade and industry think tanks within and outside Africa.

    Sectorial businesses like high tech companies, manufacturers, tourism, Medicare, automotive, textiles, fertilizers, and the financial sector are also represented in the conference meant to promote the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

  • Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Resume GERD Talks in Addis Ababa

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-talks-Addis-AbabaNovember 15, 2019 ( -- Water ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are meeting in Addis Ababa to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

    This round of tripartite negotiation involved observers from the U.S. government and World Bank based on the agreement reached by foreign ministers of the three countries in Washington DC, USA, earlier last week.

    Opening the meeting, Ethiopia’s Minister of Water Irrigation and Energy, Seleshi Bekele said that the technical meeting followed the Washington DC meeting and would dwell on contentious issues of the filling of GERD.

    “We would like to build on previous negotiations and agreed upon political principles to resolve pending issues,” he said.

    According to the Ethiopian water minister, the GERD has reached 69.

  • IGAD Holds 69th Extraordinary Meeting in Addis Ababa

    By Staff Reporter

    IGAD-69th-sessionNovember 11, 2019 ( -- The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers held its 69th Extraordinary Meeting on November 10, 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the chairmanship of Gedu Andargachew, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The session deliberated on the status of the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the way forward.

    The meeting was attended by Awut Deng Acuil, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan; Asma Abdalla, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan; Dr. Philimon Mateke, State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda; Hirut Zemene, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Ababu Namwamba, Chief Adm

  • At Least Five Greater Kudus Died in Undisclosed Disease Outbreak in Ethiopian National Park

    By Staff Reporter

    Greater-Kudu-EthiopiaNovember 10, 2019 ( -- At least five Greater Kudu have died due to undisclosed outbreak of disease in Kafta Sheraro National Park in eastern part of Tigray regional state of Ethiopia.

    Solomon Worku, Public Relations expert with the Ethiopian Wild Life Conservation Authority told that the authority has deployed a team of experts who have confirmed the outbreak of the disease. The team also has taken samples from three infected Greater Kudus to identify the type of disease.

    According to the public relations expert, the unidentified disease is affecting the wild animal’s soft part bodies including ears, anus, mouth and other parts that are not covered by hair.

    “It is not yet known whether the disease is infectious or transmittable from one Greater Kudu to another or to other animals in the national park,” h

  • Ethiopian Women Rights Advocate Passes Away

    By Staff Reporter

    Bogalech-GebreNovember 6, 2019 ( -- An Ethiopian women rights Advocate, scientist, and founder of KMG Ethiopia (Kembatti Menotti Gezzima-Tope) Bogaletch Gebre has passed away.

    As her biography shows, Bogaletch Gebre was a victim of female genital mutilation at the age of 12 and was forbidden from joining formal education, which forced her to sneak out of her home to attend a missionary school that paved the way for her to be what she became.

    Following her elementary years at the Missionary school, Bogalech Gebre attended various local schools as well as some prestigious Higher Education Institutions abroad.

    In an interview with ETV, she said the trauma of FGM took her years to recuperate and she suffered complications from it years later.

    It wasn’t during her youth years Bogaletch Gebre learned more about what had happened to her and her family beca

  • Young African Innovators Awarded at African Innovation Week

    By Staff Reporter

    African-Innovation-WeekNovember 3, 2019 ( -- A total of 75,000 USD has been awarded to winners of the first forum of African Innovation Week (AIW2019). The event was successfully concluded on Saturday, November 2, 2019, by awarding the top five innovators for this year with 5,000 dollars each. 50 runner-ups have also been awarded 1000 USD each at the Innovation Week which was hosted at the African Union Commission here in Addis Ababa.

    The innovators and startups had the chance to pitch their projects to judges throughout the week starting from October 28, 2019. The awardees were picked based on the scores given to them by a set of 4 judges in sessions that comprised of up to 34 pitchers per day. During the scoring process, judges took into consideration the project’s viability, economics, rigor, impact, as well as the pitchers’ delivery and punctuality among other criteria.

  • Conference Calls for Economic Inclusion of Women in Africa

    By Staff Reporter

    women-conference-AddisAbabaNovember 1, 2019 ( -- A quarter-century after the Beijing Conference on women in 1994, delegates gathered this week in Addis Ababa at the Headquarters of the African Union (AU) to call for economic inclusion of forcibly displaced and migrant women in Africa and reflect on their situation since then.  

    Participants from embassies, the AU Commission, civil society, humanitarian aid organizations and refugees all took part in Tuesday’s meeting, which was organized by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the AU Commission, as a side event during the Beijing+25 Africa Regional Review.  

    The meeting provided an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which emerged from the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, to d

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