Panelists Say Women's Associations Performance, Poor
Addis Ababa, March 6, 2002(WIC)-The performance of women's associations and bureaus
Advocating women rights over the past ten years are said to have been unsatisfactory.
In a panel discussion organized by the Women's Affairs Standing Committee of the House of
People's Representatives in connection with this year's March 8, participants criticized
women's associations for lack of long-term vision, wider scope of operation and for being
exclusively urban focused.
MP Bedru Adem said the absence of the necessary structure in rural areas has made it
impossible to address various forms of abuses being inflicted on women.
Senior Expert of the Women's Affairs Sub-Section, In The Prime Minster's Office, Hana Abate
however challenged the accusations by stating that laws and rules which protect women
against sexual assaults have been adopted while vigorous campaigns have been launched in
defence of women's rights during the stated period.
The participants also called for the establishment of women's affairs coordination offices down
at woreda and kebele levels so as to address women's issue decisively.
Over 400 participants drawn from the Prime Minster office, mass media, House Of People's
Representatives and representatives from various associations and organizations working on
gender issues attended the gathering.