The program started with CREW member, Hiwote Mekonnen, introducing the objectives of the conference and introducing Dr. Maigenet Shiferraw, President of CREW. Dr. Maigent gave a brief preview of the short history of CREW and outlined the theme of the conference. Dr. Maigenet thanked the sponsors of the Conference: Tadias Magazne, Tsehay Publishers, ESAT Television & Radio, Sankofa Café and Gebeta Restaurant.
The opening speaker, Chereace Richards. is a successful business woman and a motivational speaker. She is the author of Faith, Focus, Action: The Journey to Becoming Who you are. Chereace captured the mission and vision of CREW and spoke on how members of CREW should focus and take actions to fulfill their dreams.
The first session was moderated by CREW member, Tizita Belachew. Drs. Minga Negash and Seid Hassan spoke via Skype from Colorado and Kentucky, respectively. Dr. Minga Negash and Dr. Seid Hassan’s presentation was very educational. Their presentation set the framework for the conference by explaining the push and pull factors of migration in general and Ethiopian outmigration in particular. The third speaker on the same session was Tadella Fanta, gender specialist and member of CREW. Tadella has done research in Yemen and Sudan about migrant workers. She spoke on the gendered nature of migration. Continue reading –>