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UK and Ethiopia join together to recognise inspirational women

British Embassy hosted an event to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in Ethiopia.

HMA Susanna - Week of Women

Women leaders, activists, civil servants and diplomats gathered together at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa on 15 November 2016 to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women leaders in Ethiopia.

Joined by female students from Ethiopian universities, they highlighted the importance of empowering tomorrow’s leaders. They joined British Embassies around the world in focusing on the role of women in business and the public sector and the urgency of tackling discrimination.

Susanna Moorehead, British Ambassador to Ethiopia said:

As the first female UK Ambassador to Ethiopia, it gives me a great pleasure to have met many inspiring women and discover their ability and commitment. Seeing the potential of Ethiopia’s leaders of tomorrow, it is vital that we work together to overcome remaining discrimination against women, so that they can fulfil their potential and make a full contribution to Ethiopia’s future.

Girls and women are at front and centre of the UK’s work in Ethiopia. Our programmes are designed to help build assets, create economic opportunities and promote women empowerment. Girl Effect is just one example of how communities’ perceptions about women can be changed.

Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder and former CEO of Ethiopian Commodity Exchange and currently Chief Executive Officer of eleni LLC and Dom De Ville, Head of Girl Effect Ethiopia were among the speakers. The event is inspired by the ‘Week of Women’ (13-18 November), a series of events in UK organised by the Women of the Future programme

For media enquiries, please contact:

Saba Ermyas, Communications Officer, British Embassy Addis Ababa Mobile: +251 924 440 432

Published 17 November 2016