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September 2014


Crimes Against Womanity: Marriage by Abduction in Ethiopia

By : 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

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No Ethiopians to Kuwait

By: Muna Al-Fuzai, Kuwait Times Kuwait is no more open to Ethiopians – male or female workers cannot enter the country. Such a decision is like labeling a nation with the mark of being killers and crazies that need to be banned in order to keep Kuwait safe and secure from possible threats. The Ministry of Interior suspended the entry of all male and

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Measuring Women’s Rights and Roles

By Sarah McMullan, Insights Magazine of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) What inequalities do women face in Ethiopia? In rural Ethiopia, people say farming is a man’s job. In reality, women play a large role in agriculture from farm to table. Take a drive through the countryside, and you will see women planting, weeding, tending to gardens, and harvesting, among other farm

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Poverty on the Streets of Addis Ababa

By Meredith Maulsby, the baines report Poverty can easily be seen throughout the capital of Ethiopia, but nowhere is it more evident than when you pass a beggar on the street.  Beggars are everywhere in Addis Ababa, and they represent a vast range of demographics. There are men, women, children of all ages and conditions– some with their mothers, some without, and the severely

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