Fundraising Message

We have a fundraising campaign to raise sufficient fund to strengthen The Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW). A fundraising kickoff event was held on August 2, 2014 at Howard University, Washington, DC. CREW, therefore, requests your generous monetary assistance to achieve its objectives and goals. If you would like to help, please make your tax deductible donation payable to CREW and send it to CREW, P.O. Box 10412. Silver Spring, MD. 20914. You may also donate online at this website using pay pal.

We thank you in advance for all your support.

The Yellow Movement at A.A. University Update on Abduction of Hanna Lalango

By Tadias Magazine

The Yellow Movement at Addis Ababa University — an initiative co-founded by law school lecturer Blen Sahilu and a group of students organized to advocate for the protection of women from gender based violence — is bringing international attention via social media to the recent broad daylight

Untitledkidnapping and gang rape of a 16-year-old student, Hanna Lalango. The latest social media update regarding the case indicates that the suspects have all been apprehended and expected to appear before court today at Addis Ababa First Instance Court. Below is an excerpt of what Blen Sahilu of the Yellow Movement AAU wrote on Facebook on Monday:

“A few hours ago I had an emotional conversation with Hanna’s older brother. Hanna is the young victim of a gruesome kidnapping and gang rape that in the end took her life”  Read more

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The Dominican Government Is Cementing the Foundations of Apartheid

By: Kumera Genet

It is over a year since the highest court in the Dominican Republic issued Resolution TC 0168/13, a ruling that stripped the citizenship of up to 250,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent. Since this ruling, the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Dominican government of have used numerous methods to avoid legal responsibility for their actions, which violate the very Constitution of the Dominican Republic and international human rights treaties to which the country is party. The depressing reality is that the Dominican state is 10 years into a process of constructing a system of legal apartheid for Dominicans born to Haitian parents. This group of second- and third-generation Dominicans has always faced opposition to being fully recognized as Dominican citizens, but their government appears intent on legally cementing this discrimination — and is increasingly close to this goal. Read more

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‘Nightmare’ for Ethiopian Pastoralists as foreign investors buy up land

By: David Smith, The Guardian

Pastoralists 2Thinktank accuses Ethiopian government of stirring ethnic tensions as Suri displaced to make way for large plantations. Ethiopia’s policy of leasing millions of hectares of land to foreign investors is encouraging human rights violations, ruining livelihoods and disturbing a delicate political balance between ethnic groups, a thinktank report has found.

The US-based Oakland Institute says that while the east African country is now lauded as an economic success story, the report, Engineering Ethnic Conflict, “highlights the unreported nightmare experienced by Ethiopia’s traditionally pastoralist communities”.

A controversial “villagisation” programme has seen tens of thousands of people forcibly moved to purpose-built communes that have inadequate food and lack health and education facilities, according to human rights watchdogs, to make way for commercial agriculture. Ethiopia is one of the biggest recipients of UK development aid, receiving around £300m a year. Read more

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Ethiopian Maid survives 4-story suicide leap in Beirut

Ethiopian fall from four story buildingDire Tube, Ethiopian maid threw herself Monday from a fourth floor Beirut apartment and survived what appeared to be a suicide attempt. Videos uploaded online show the woman leaping from a window as spectators let out screams. The incident occurred in capital’s Moseitbeh neighborhood near Lebanese International University.

The woman slammed into a car, shattering its windshield and smashing its roof, which may have saved her life, according to television footage from the scene of the incident. WATCH VIDEO HERE

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Ending violence against women

Violence against women

Source: UN Women

Violence against women is a human rights violation and a serious impediment to women’s progress in any area of life. It undercuts women’s health, prospects for education and productive work, and ability to participate as full members of their societies, among other consequences.

Sobering numbers show how common violence is and how many forms it takes. Around the world, 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. About 120 million girls have been forced into intercourse or other sexual acts at some point in their lives. In 29 countries alone, 133 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation. More than 700 million women alive today were married as children. Almost all of the estimated 4.5 million victims of forced sexual exploitation are women and girls.Read more

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UK Ambassador to Lebanon “Swapped” jobs with an Ethiopian maid

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The Daily Star, BEIRUT: UK Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher ”swapped” jobs with an Ethiopian maid Monday in an effort to promote the rights of migrant workers.

“I’m trading places with Kalkedan, from Ethiopia, tomorrow. We want to highlight the rights of foreign domestic workers in Lebanon,” read a post on Fletcher’s Twitter page Sunday.

On Monday Fletcher posted a photo of himself scrubbing away at a silver pot under an open faucet. “Kalkedan supervises my washing up,” the caption read. Read more

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Crimes Against Womanity: Marriage by Abduction in Ethiopia

crimes against humanityBy : Professor Alemayehu G Mariam 

In my September 7 commentary, DIFRET: The Abduction of a Film in Ethiopia, I expressed my outrage over the aborted Ethiopian premiere of the film DIFRET. That film, based on a “true story” of Aberash Bekele, tells the dramatic story of a teenage victim of the inhuman and barbaric practice of  “telefa” or “marriage by abduction/abduction of child brides” in certain parts of Ethiopia. The screening of that film in Addis Ababa on September 3 was halted seconds before it was scheduled to start. The director of  DIFRET, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, took the stage and announced with consternation and dismay:

“Distinguished guests, ambassadors, we were just told by the police that we have to stop this film because there is a court order on it. We have not been informed prior to this. The Ministry of Culture knows about this and the government knows about this. This is the first time we are hearing it. This is obviously an attack on us and I am really sorry for this to happen and I hope we’ll see you again…”Read more

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