Panelists Say Women's Associations Performance, Poor

 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.