Disadvantaged Women Undergo Training
Debre Berhan, July 16, 2001 (WIC) - Women graduates of the Debre Berhan Teachers
Training Institute have pledged to work towards the alleviation of harmful traditional
The Women graduates, most of whom were drawn from the disadvantaged section of the
community, said they will particularly work to eradicate the problem of underage marriage,
abductions and rape.
Atsede Gulilat, who is one of the 137 graduates and who used to work as a house maid and
labourer, said she plans to share her experiences with her peer on how she managed to pull
herself out of her predicament.
According to Chairperson of the North Shoa Zonal Women's Association, Zewdnesh Negatu,
the Association had been providing a 150 birr monthly stipend to the trainees in collaboration
The programme to finance the training of the disadvantaged women was conducted with the
view to helping them extricate themselves from poverty, while at the same time using their
experience in educating women in similar situation.
The Association also plans to carry out similar programmes in the future, Zewdnesh said.