CREW Welcomes its New Leadership!


For Immediate Release

July 13, 2016

CREW is pleased to announce the election of its new leaders who will be directing the organization for the term of 2016-2018.

On a meeting held on June 27, 2016, CREW Board of Directors unanimously elected Ms. Hiwote Mekonnen as the new president. Ms. Hiwote Mekonnen has been a member of CREW since 2014 and had served as the secretary of the organization since 2015. Ms. Hiwote Mekonnen brings a wealth of experience to CREW in the areas of labour migration and human trafficking of Ethiopian women.
Other elected new officers by CREW’s Board of Directors include Ms. Roman Abate as Vice President and Ms. Tizita Belachew as Secretary. Ms. Roman has been a member of Ethiopian Women for Peace and Development (EWPD) since 1991 and continued her membership with CREW after EWPD merged with CREW. She has served in EWPD as Treasurer and Secretary of the organization. In the same line, Ms. Tizita is one of the prominent and founding members of EWPD and CREW, and has been contributing to the successes of the organization in different capacities. CREW has also elected Ms. Fantu Bekele as its Treasurer. Ms. Fantu, one of the founders of CREW has been serving the organization tirelessly since its inception.

It is the Board’s belief that the new officers will continue the legacy of CREW’s legendary late president, Dr. Maigenet Shifferaw in advancing the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide.

Finally, we would like to congratulate our new officers. CREW is very fortunate to have talented and dedicated women who will continue to advance its mission and ensure the organization’s sustainability.


Proceeding of CREW’s 5th International Conference on Ethiopian Women and Leadership: Honoring Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw

1274240_853624331450878_4494902596790780789_oProceeding of CREW's 5th International Conference on Ethiopian Women and Leadership: Honoring Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw. Click here


Ethiopia: Migrant domestic workers take to the streets in Beirut


Aljaazera. Hundreds of migrant domestic workers marched in the Lebanese capital Beirut this week to mark International Workers' Day and to denounce their own working conditions. The demonstrators called for the implementation of ILO Convention 189, which stipulates that domestic workers have the right to at least one day off per week and a minimum wage.

Of the 200,000 migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, most work as live-in maids, and they primarily hail from the Philippines, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. They cannot enter or leave the country for any reason without obtaining explicit written permission from their employer, making them vulnerable to exploitation.

Some of the most blatant violations of the rights of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon include excessive working hours, withholding of salaries, beatings and sexual abuse, and withholding of passports to prevent them from leaving. However, the workers are not protected by Lebanese labour laws. Last year, in an effort to improve their situation, migrant domestic workers in Lebanon moved to form their own labour union. Demonstrators called for basic rights, including a minimum wage and at least one day off per week.




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Press Release from Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) on the Gambela massacre

CREW believes that every person has the right to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights laws and standards. We believe in the sacredness of human lives and condemn its violations for any reasons.

Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women thus condemns the massacre of more than 200 unarmed citizens and the abduction of more than 100 children in the Gambela region of Western Ethiopia. The attack happened on April 15, 2016 when raiders from Murle tribe crossed the border from South Sudan into Western Ethiopian in Gambela Region and indiscriminately killed civilians including women and children mainly from the Nuer tribe and raided nearly 2000 cattle. Read more

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