We believe that women’s rights are human rights. Understanding the complex issues of gender equality in the context of the political, cultural and economic milieu in Ethiopia is important. A transformative approach is required in order to empower women so that they could advance their rights. Ethiopian women’s active involvement in order to bring about peace, equality and democracy is vital to the development of our society. CREW will collaborate with all organizations that promote the rights of women. Read more...
Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) was established in March 2012 as an outcome of an international conference organized by Ethiopian women who came from different states in the United States. CREW is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, human rights and peace organization registered in the State of Maryland. It has a 501 (c ) 3 tax exempt status. The objectives of the organization are to promote the political, economic and social rights of Ethiopian women worldwide. To realize its objectives, CREW collaborates with local and international human rights organizations. Read more
By Dr Helen Szoke, Oxfam Australia’s Chief Executive
“Women do the majority of the work. We do domestic work and we also work in the field. We do everything but our work is not recognised,” she says.
This is an issue right across the world, in rich and poor countries alike.
For all the progress we’ve made in areas such as access to education, the under-valued work of women is still pervasive – along with great disparity in employment, wages and political participation – and a hindrance to truly inclusive economic growth that benefits everyone.
Oxfam’s report out today, The G20 and gender equality – How the G20 can advance women’s rights in employment, social protection and fiscal policies, shows just how big an issue this is.
It includes the startling fact that on the current rate of global progress, it will take 75 years for women to be paid the same as men for equal work.
Across G20 countries and beyond, women are paid less than men, do most of the unpaid labour, are over-represented in part-time work and discriminated against in the household, markets and institutions. Read More
The Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW), a human rights and peace organization, based in the United States, expresses its grave concerns regarding the abduction and detention of Andargachew Tsige, Secretary General of Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy. Mr. Tsige, who has a British citizenship, was arrested by Yemeni security forces while he was in transit at Sana’a International Airport on June 23, 2014. It is now reported that the Yemeni government extradited him to Ethiopia and he is detained by the Ethiopian government. We are concerned about the safety of Andargachew Tsige because it is well documented by international human rights groups and the United States Department of State that human rights activists, journalists and political opposition group members face threats, torture and extra- judicial killings by the regime in Ethiopia. Read More
By Graham Peebles
May 20, 2014
Life in Eritrea is brutal and shrouded in secrecy. The world is indifferent. The regime trusts nobody – even the United Nation’s special rapporteur on Eritrea, Sheila Keetharuth, has been denied a visa.
Poverty, repression and injustice
Last year Keetharuth said: “Basic tenets of the rule of law are not respected.” Following this, the UN Security Council“strongly condemned” Eritrea’s “continued widespread and systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Violations include forced and child labour, “arbitrary detention, and severe restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and religion” as well as violence against women, gender inequality, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation and economic discrimination.Eritrea is beset by fundamental problems, yet President Isaias Afwerki blindly rejects all foreign intervention, including urgent food aid. Eritrea was ranked 77th (out of 78) in the 2013 Global Hunger Index, and over 60 per cent of its population is malnourished. In a report by risk analysis firm Maplecroft, it was identified as the country where child labour is most rampant. Children as young as 15 are routinely conscripted into the military where, according to Human Rights Watch, they are “subject to violence and ill-treatment. Beatings, torture, and prolonged incarcerations are common.” Read More