We want to take a moment to express our outrage about the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian school girls. In solidarity with Nigerian mothers on this Mother’s Day, we say, BRING BACK OUR GIRLS! We also wish all women around the world to have a peaceful Mother’s Day.
To all Ethiopian women at home and in the Diaspora, we pay tribute to your courage, struggle for freedom, equality and justice.
For generations, Ethiopian women have played major roles in their society. They are the center of the family and shouldered immense responsibilities. They are strong and courageous fighters for freedom. They have come a long way, but they still have a long way to go to achieve equality. The major obstacles in women’s advancement in Ethiopia are the abject poverty and the traditional harmful practices that hinder women’s progress. Because of these, women have continued to face enormous hardships. On the other hand, their resilience in the face of all impediments is quite amazing.
The following essays, poems and pictures depict their struggle and triumph; their sadness and joy; and their wishes for a bright future. CREW members and non-members, Ethiopian and Ethiopian American women from diverse background sent their reflections on different issues that pertain to Ethiopian women. I thank all of you who have contributed to this project.
CREW is a non-government, non-partisan, peace and human rights organization created to promote the social, legal, economic and political rights of Ethiopian women worldwide. Please join us in our struggle for freedom, equality and justice. I am thrilled to hear that many young Ethiopian women in Ethiopia are actively involved in peaceful struggle for freedom and equality. Congratulations to our young women! It is encouraging to know that the struggle has continued!
My mother’s Day message is, as they say, ‘freedom is not free’. We have to earn it.
Maigenet Shifferraw, Ph.D.