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...
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 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, talks about the objectives and activities of the
Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW). Click here to listen to the interview
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