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Ethiopia’s First Female Superhero Comic ‘Hawi’ is Here - OkayAfrica. Ethiopia swears in Meaza Ashenafi as first female Supreme Court chief. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed nominated Meaza, the country's chief of staff announced. The Ethiopian leader has pushed for more female representation in his Cabinet. "She brings a track record of competence and relevant experience to the role," Abiy's top aide, Fitsum Arega, said on Twitter, adding that her position signaled the country's move toward "gender parity" in key leadership positions.

Meaza has been an adviser on gender and women's rights at the UN Economic Commission for Africa based in Ethiopia's capital of Addis Ababa. She founded the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and served as a High Court judge. Meaza's appointment comes a week after Ethiopia elected Sahle-Work Zewde as its first woman President, a move lauded as setting new standards for female leadership in the African nation. Women make up half of the country's ministerial positions following a Cabinet reshuffle by Abiy, who leads Ethiopia's government and policy. Ethiopia's first female president: A glittering local, global career. The Ethiopian parliament is the final step for the country to officially welcome its first female president under the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF’s dispensation. Undergoing a raft of reforms across the political, economic and security sectors, Ethiopia will have a strong and firm leader in Sahle-Work Zewde who has previously served her nation in high ambassadorial capacities.

Despite being a largely ceremonial leader with the Prime Minister – in this case Abiy Ahmed – being leader of government business, the role of president is a constitutional one that primarily says the occupant of the post is the Head of State. Who is the newest woman in Abiy’s circle as he continues to soak praise of having presented a gender balanced cabinet about a week ago, another first in Ethiopia’s political history. 1 – Ms. 1. Ethiopia's Minister of Peace: the country's most powerful woman? It was only last week when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the formation of a Ministry for Peace, at the time its mandate was said to be unclear. Days on, the ministry’s mandate has all but become clearer and handed to a history maker, Muferiat Kamil.

Kamil, Ethiopia’s first woman speaker of parliament was named first Peace Minister in an equally historic cabinet. Abiy presented a gender balanced cabinet to the House of Peoples Representatives, HPR, and had it duly approved. Muferiat was one of ten women on the cabinet with 10 male appointees completing the set. Muferiat Kamil leads the Southern Ethiopia Peoples Democratic Movement (SEPDM) one of the constituent bodies of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). She is also the sole female leader on the four-bloc coalition. Ministry of Peace – Ethiopia’s most powerful cabinet appointment? Reports indicate that Muferiat’s role has a peace title but spans a high security structure.

Ethiopia gets first woman president, Sahle-Work Zewde - Reports. Media portals in Ethiopia are reporting that the country will get its first woman president after President Mulatu Teshome steps down on Thursday. The influential Addis Standard cited top government officials as confirming that Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde, a top official with the United Nations, UN, was due to be Mulatu’s replacement. Zewde was until recently, the UN Director General at its offices in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. She is currently the Special representative of the UN Secretary-General to the African Union, AU. Sahle-work has a rich ambassadorial track record having served as Ethiopian ambassador to several countries previously. Her resignation from the UN role this week is said to be to allow her take the new position of president. She is all set to be the first woman president of Ethiopia, but only after the joint session of the two legislative houses vote her to the role tomorrow.

She described meeting Abiy as a ‘privilege and distinct honour,’ local portals reported. 1. - The Washington Post. Muferiat Kamil is Ethiopia’s first female house speaker. All-female crew operate Ethiopian Airlines’ inaugural Buenos Aires flight. Love for Ethiopian cuisine made Dubai resident millionaire. The year was 1993 when a 21-year-old Sarah Aradi landed in Dubai. All she had with her was $500 and a zest for a better life. She clearly remembers the old Dubai with fewer people around and the strong sense of community that existed. Sarah loved to cook her authentic Ethiopian cuisine and it was when her friends loved the food that she thought of opening her first Al Habasha restaurant in 1999.

To put together the capital for her business, she started exporting VHS tapes (Video Home System) of Indian films to Ethiopia as there was a huge demand for Bollywood movies. "I set up a video shop in Ethiopia as Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan movies were hot sellers. In 1999, Sarah put out the first restaurant in Dubai in the Naif area in Deira. The second restaurant was again in Dubai in the Frij Murar area. Eventually, the Ethiopian community grew and number of restaurants kept growing.

The UAE might be a second city for her but she considers it her native country. Ethiopia: First Lady - What Is Good for Women Is Good for the Economy. Photo: Amanda Lucidon/White House President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and Ms. Roman Tesfaye. By Tewodros Kassa First Lady Roman Tesfaye has been honored with Special Congregational Proclamation by the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, USA, and was presented with the CELD Global Inspirational Leadership Award 2016. A statement from the Office of the First Lady said Roman received the award at the Dubai South American - African - Middle East and Asia Annual Women Summit held December 13, 2016.

The award was in recognition of her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in improving particularly the lives of women and children, directly contributing to fast-tracking the development of the African region. The award automatically qualified First Lady Roman to be inducted into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame. Ethiopian Women Exporters’ Association Launch Trade Fair In Hargeisa With Dahabshiil - The Ethiopian Women Exporters’ Association (EWEA) held a trade fair in Hargeisa for the first time as part of a series of exhibitions planned for Ethiopia, Somaliland and Djibouti to promote regional trade and cooperation.

The entity, which was set up to foster cooperation relations between Somaliland and Ethiopia, attracted the participation of the government of Somaliland, business community and a throng of very enthusiastic visitors to the fair. The advance delegation which prepared the ground for the fair, without whom the beautiful scenes of the morning would not have been possible, was led by Ms Workaferahu Kidane, project officer for EWEA. They were assisted enormously by Mr. Tekela of the Ethiopian Embassy here in Hargeisa. The General Manager of Somaliland National TV, Khadar Ali Gass, was at the event, too. Dahabshiil remittance is a partner of ENAT Bank that sponsors EWEA along with over a dozen more banks in Ethiopia including all the big names in the sector. Ms.

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