Welcome Note

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...

CREW’s Fundraising Letter


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 was established as an outcome of an international conference of Ethiopian women in the Diaspora that was held in March 2012. 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 objective of the organization is to promote the political, economic and social rights of Ethiopian women worldwide. Read more


CREW participated at the Alternative Conference on Africa

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CREW participated at the Alternative civil society conference on Africa titled “Empowered Africa:  A progressive Dialogue, Creating our own Space & Changing the Conversation” held at Howard University on Monday, August, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This was a conference held parallel to the official civil society meeting sponsored by the US Department of State.  Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw attended the alternative conference held at Howard University representing CREW.  In an article by the Washington Post, Karen Chen described the alternative conference and said, “While officials and dignitaries gathered for the first day of White House-hosted US Africa Leader Summit, nonprofit organizations, academia and other groups from Africa and the United States held an alternative conference a few blocks away at Howard University.”  Click here to read the whole article.




Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw with Ms Julialynne Walker of Africa and Diaspora Development Linkages
at the Alternative conference on Africa


Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw’s interview with SBS (Australia Amharic Radio)



Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw, talks about the objectives and activities of the

Center for the Rights of Ethiopian  Women (CREW).  Click here to listen to the interview

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The gender wage gap represents the biggest obstacle to eradicating poverty

By Dr Helen Szoke, Oxfam  Australia’s Chief Executive

i1In a village near Faizabad in India, 32-year-old mother of three, Manju  Tiwari, works hard as a farmer, growing a wide variety of produce, including  sugar cane, rice, wheat and potatoes.

“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 todayThe 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.

 In other words, women will not achieve equal pay in most of our  lifetimes.

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


Release Mr. Andargache Tsige

andgThe 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