Implementing the Ethiopian national policy for women: by Women's Affairs Office (Government of Ethiopia)

By Women's Affairs Office (Government of Ethiopia)

The Federal Democratic executive of Ethiopia has declared its unequivocal dedication to the equitable socioeconomic improvement of girls, with the assertion of its nationwide coverage on ladies in 1993 and the promulgation of a brand new structure in 1995. even though, the implementation of the coverage is proving to be a powerful job. The paper highlights those demanding situations and discusses felony, regulatory, and institutional concerns which can hamper the implementation of the coverage.

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Participation of women in formal grassroots organizations is almost nonexistent, due to both past experience under the earlier regime and cultural taboos. A number of indigenous self-help groups exist among women, but their potential to participate in the development process is untapped. Weak collaboration with nongovernmental or private entities. Barring development associations in a few regions, NGOs are not involved in planning or implementing development. Also, NGOs are concentrated in urban and periurban areas, and few or no NGOs are operating in remote regions, where their collaboration is urgently needed.

Meaza Ashenafi (executive director, Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association), with the assistance of D. Bekele, prepared the background papers for the section on legal issues. In addition, the team received a paper prepared by Tamerat Delelegne under the guidance of the Women's Affairs Office for the gender and law conference. P. Ter Weijde and Hamelmal Aklilu collected data and prepared introductory papers on land-related and other issues in Ethiopia. Participatory rural appraisal team. Sarah Cliffe (economist, World Bank) organized the team and arranged for in-country training.

Government's commitment to gender equity should be strengthened and public policy clarified by amending discriminatory provisions in the civil code that reiterate the traditional gender-based division of labor within households and confer managerial responsibility for the household's economic resources on the male spouse. Mitigation of the Impact of Inequitable Customary Laws Examine the applicability of customary laws. Under the constitution, enabling legislation may permit the application of customary laws to disputes, if the parties agree to such application.

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