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Beyond the Tokenism

Women’s political participation in the Greater Horn of Africa is at a dangerous impasse We as the women’s rights activists of the We Cannot Wait Consortium are in mourning after the loss of MP Amina Mohamed Abdi who was killed along with 47 others in a suicide bomb attack in Beledweyn. Amina was a member …

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The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission

Playing to the Gallery or a Commitment to Equality, Inclusion, and Reconciliation? Introduction On the 29th of December 2021, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s House of Peoples’ Representatives approved the establishment of the Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission. The Bill setting up the Commission states that the commission is meant to “pave the way for …

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Women human rights defenders from Somalia and Ethiopia awarded for their astounding work

SUPPORT SIHA’S WORK ACROSS THE REGION Fadwo Hassan Jimale, a women rights activist working with the Somali Women and Child  Care Association in Somalia and Teyiba Yassin of the Yitawek Timret Coalition in Ethiopia scooped the SIHA Women Human Rights Defenders’  Awards – 2021. They were both awarded at colourful ceremonies in their respective countries for their demonstration of …

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We Stand With You – A statement of solidarity

We, as African Women Activists with our regional and global partners, write this statement in a rapidly changing context as the conflict that started in the Tigray region in November 2020 expands to the Amhara and Afar regions, and threatens the stability of Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa region. We stand in solidarity …

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STATEMENT: Women Market Vendors in Arua voice their demands

We, the women market vendors of Arua City represented through cooperatives and associations for a long time, have been invisible despite the challenges we face within and outside the markets. Even though women constitute a greater percentage of market vendors with an estimate of over 70% being at the forefront of informal cross border trade …

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SUDAN PUBLIC ORDER LAW IS STILL INTACT – Female artists assaulted by police in Khartoum, North-Sharg Al Nile Area

On August 15th 2021 Sudanese artist, Fatim Ibrahim Hassan (also known as “Marwa Al-Dowaliya”) was physically assaulted and sexually harassed, according to her alleged statement to SIHA on August 19/2021, by 13 policemen from “Sharg Al Nile Police station” of the “Community Security division”, which has been known since the Al-Bashir regime as the Sudan …

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STATEMENT FROM CIVIL SOCIETIES IN ETHIOPIA ON THE COMMEMORATION OF PAN AFRICAN WOMEN’S DAY

On July 31st, Africa celebrates the 59th Pan African Women’s Day, which was established to recognize and affirm the role of women organizing for the political freedom of Africa and advancing the social and economic status of women on the continent. In the words of the AU Commission Chairperson, “Pan African Women’s Day is a …

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