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Let's Celebrate Together!!!

To All Ethiopians and friends of IEWO

 International Ethiopian Women's Organization (IEWO) is celebrating March 8 international Women’s Day by commemorating and honoring brave and courageous Ethiopia women and their heroic history. it is in deed, Ethiopian Women’s Day; for it is in this month in 1896 under the leadership of Empress Tayitu, that Ethiopia was able to defeat the invading Italian army.  In this occasion, we will also pay tribute to all women especially African women who stood for peace and justice and empower themselves and others all over the world, in doing so we observe International Women’s Day. We believe, it is a day of solidarity, a day of celebration of sisterhood, a day of honoring womanhood, a day which uplifts our spirit and sets the motion for future empowerment and for a better world. 

In this day of celebrating women in general and Ethiopian women in particular, there will be an open discussion forum, which addresses the current issues and situations that are affecting the people of Africa at large and women and children in particular directly and indirectly by the violence and oppression perpetuated by the male dominating political and economic systems. In addition, we will addres human rights issues, and the lack of justice and peace in Africa and the factors that hinder the betterment of society, economic development and empowerment of women  and other social issues from women's perspective. We will reexamine the role African women should play in the affairs of their nations and people especially in bringing peace to the Afican continent at large.  We will end the celebration with Ethiopian food, music and entertainment which enhance  the spirit of empowerment and genuine friendship among African women. It is with this spirit, IEWO invites all to join us in this especial day and show your solidarity with women of the world.

 Place: 1610 Columbia Rd, NW

Washington DC.

Date: March 8, 2009

Time: starting 3pm

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Let's Celebrate Together!!!

 

To All Ethiopians and friends of IEWO

 

International Ethiopian Women's Organization (IEWO) is celebrating March 8 international Women’s Day by commemorating and honoring brave and courageous Ethiopia women and their heroic history. it is in deed, Ethiopian Women’s Day; for it is in this month in 1896 under the leadership of Empress Tayitu, that Ethiopia was able to defeat the invading Italian army.  In this occasion, we will also pay tribute to all women especially African women who stood for peace and justice and empower themselves and others all over the world, in doing so we observe International Women’s Day. We believe, it is a day of solidarity, a day of celebration of sisterhood, a day of honoring womanhood, a day which uplifts our spirit and sets the motion for future empowerment and for a better world.

 

In this day of celebrating women in general and Ethiopian women in particular, there will be an open discussion forum, which addresses the current issues and situations that are affecting the people of Africa at large and women and children in particular directly and indirectly by the violence and oppression perpetuated by the male dominating political and economic systems. In addition, we will addres human rights issues, and the lack of justice and peace in Africa and the factors that hinder the betterment of society, economic development and empowerment of women  and other social issues from women's perspective. We will reexamine the role African women should play in the affairs of their nations and people especially in bringing peace to the Afican continent at large.  We will end the celebration with Ethiopian food, music and entertainment which enhance  the spirit of empowerment and genuine friendship among African women. It is with this spirit, IEWO invites all to join us in this especial day and show your solidarity with women of the world.

 

Place: 1610 Columbia Rd, NW

Washington DC.

Date: March 8, 2008

Time: starting from 2pm

For further information please email us or call our voice mail at 240 691 4370. 

 

PRESS STATEMENT 

The IEWO has successfully held its founding congress on March, 3-4, 2007 and passed the following resolutions: 

1. After discussing on the current situation in Ethiopia, the Congress has

      a) Condemned the brutal regime of the TPLF/EPRDF and especially its undemocratic policies towards women and children;

      b) Resolved to work in alliance with all justice loving Ethiopian organizations determined to remove this regime from power. 

2.  After examining in depth the situation in which Ethiopian women find themselves in, the Congress has

      a) Decided that the IEWO will spare no effort in trying to ameliorate the condition of Ethiopian women who are subjected to poverty and modern slavery.

     b) Sadly taken note of the fact that due to conditions created by the present regime women have been forced into exile to suffer inhumane treatment and modern slavery in the Middle East.

     c) Resolved to set up a task force to expose their suffering and to safeguard their rights in accordance with international labour legislations. 

3. The Congress has strongly condemned the ongoing practice of selling children into adoption and passed resolutions in this regard.

     a) The TPLF/EPRDF regime has exposed children to a dangerous situation without any concern for their future.

      b) The Congress has taken note that this adoption measure has been practiced without any concern for the welfare of the children.

      c) The Congress has resolved that the IEWO will undertake an all round study of the situation to find a solution to the problem. 

4.  The Congress believes that the myriad problems of the country cannot be removed if the full participation of women in the affairs of the country is not assured.

      a) Hence, the IEWO will facilitate ways and means and open up forums to enable women to take full part in the political, economic and cultural fields so that they can make their national contribution as citizens. The IEWO will mobilize and organize young women.

      b) The IEWO will open up research and study as well as educational departments to contribute to the welfare and progress of women and of the country.

5.  The IEWO condemns the war provoked by the TPLF/EPRDF and its invasion of Somalia, as the action does not augur anything good for the people of Ethiopia. 

6. The Congress has taken note of the role and place of women in history and resolved to undertake the necessary effort and to prepare educational, historical and relevant papers to assert the place that is due to them. 

7. The Congress, after considering the tie between the country, the people and religion, calls upon religious leaders to exert their effort to contribute to the cause of women. As the role of religion should be to safeguard the people the religious leaders must side with the people and not with the anti people and anti Ethiopia TPLF/EPRDF regime. 

8. The IEWO believes that it should organize various community services, in health, education and other sectors to benefit all those in the Diaspora. 

9. The Congress has condemned the TPLF/EPRDF regime for violating the human rights of the people and has called for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and independent journalists. 

March 4, 2007 Washington DC

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Entire audio launching the founding congress of the International Ethiopian Women Organization (IEWO) held on Saturday march 3, 2007.

     IEWO Meeting Audio Part I    (1:03 hr.)

     IEWO Meeting Audio Part II   (1:17 hr.)

     IEWO Meeting Audio Part III  (1:01 hr.)

     IEWO Meeting Audio Part IV (51 min.)

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To all Ethiopians and friends of IEWO:

 

International Ethiopian Women's Organization (IEWO) is launching its first founding congress by commemorating and celebrating women of Ethiopia, and their heroic deeds, from Tayitu to the present and beyond. On the opening day of the congress, March 3, 2007, we will be celebrating the contribution of Ethiopian women through out history, highlighting Empress Taiytu’s role during the Battle of Adwa and its significance to women of the world today. In this occasion, we will also pay tribute to all women who stood for peace and justice and empower themselves and others all over the world, in doing so we observe and honor women’s history month and International Women’s Day.

 

As the host of this historic event, the DC area Chapter of IEWO respectfully invites you to join us in the celebration and show your solidarity with the women of the world in general and with Ethiopian women in particular.

 

The event will be held at 1610 Columbia Rd. NW Washington DC, from 1pm to 6pm. 

 

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Ethiopian Women’s Day: Celebrate From … Tayitu to the present and beyond 

 

Today in Ethiopia, political and human rights are grossly violated across the country and this reality translates to mean that Ethiopian women are found in the most dehumanizing and oppressive conditions. The vast majority of Ethiopian women are burdened and seriously impacted by the lack of justice and the prevalence of war and violence.  Very young women and children are the primary victims of infectious diseases, and are suffering from the plight of poverty, disease, violence, and displacement. Many are imprisoned for standing for their basic human rights and for the welfare of their children.

 

Why then celebrate?

 

We have many reasons to celebrate our ancestors’ victory, for it is our source of courage and it is courage that allows us to overcome unnecessary fear and incompetence.

 

Our past, present and future

 

Remerging Empress Tayitu for her victory in the battle of Adwa is celebrating great women of the world; interestingly coincide s with international day of women, which is during the month of March as well. And in the month of March, along with the international women’s day, we celebrate, commemorating Empress Tayitu, a brave woman of Ethiopia and a pride to all women, and a source of strength for building the just and peaceful society we desperately seek today. Thus, it is a time to celebrate each other’s strength and connect on a global level to validate and empower each other, in doing so, we stand up for our rights and claim what is our rightful place in the global society, for women are the foundations of humanity across society

 

In the month of March 1896, under the leadership of Emperor Menilke II and Empress Tayitu, the people of Ethiopia displayed their unflinching defiance to the European colonial power in the battle of Adwa. This was perhaps the first lesson and proper replay given to the European mindset which often seeks control and dominance over others. The people of Ethiopia, from all walks of life defend their nation from the highly organized and armed Italian force, at that time. In few days, the colonial army was crushed and thousands were killed and captured. In commemorating our victory over the Italian force in the battle of Adwa, we must, in particular remember what our ancestors paid for.

 

Empress Tayitu’s role was not limited to defending her nation, she also played significant wide range of role in politics, government, diplomacy, development etc., She was educated with the Ethiopian orthodox Tewahedo church school system, mastered the geez language, studied both spiritual and secular matters. Her Ethiopian centered educational foundation equipped her with excellent social, political and military leadership skills.   Although Ethiopian women like many other ancient African women who have engaged in the governance of their society, the role played by Empress Tayitu has significant historical and political meaning for today’s Ethiopia in particular and Africa in general.

 

Though Empress Tayitu contributes to lay the foundation for contemporary politics and modernity, she was deeply centered on Ethiopian/African thinking, independent and with courage. This is important to note in light of the current condition in which our country and people are found, being dominated or in a state of modern slavery has become the norm.  We are to be highly vigilant and cognizant of the danger of uncritical acceptance and adaptation of others way of life, thoughts and cultures. Being subjected to such realities, severely compromises what is your own, without an authentic identity of your own one cannot have anything else. Our ancestors understood this very well, they did not beg, instead they stood firm on their ground. They were high cultured in many ways much civilized and politically resolute and savvy compare to the contemporary life and current politicking.

 

They, the brave women and men of Ethiopia, adamantly opposed not only direct aggression but also they were critical and resisted to the acceptance of the western notion of modernization and education and subsequent political and cultural domination. This was reflected and demonstrated in her reaction to the aggression of Italy on her country. She believed that any one who stood against the national integrity and independence was to be combated bravely and courageously. It is this thinking that enable Tayitu to lead her people to victory, in the battle of Adwa. Her glorious deeds were based on her true political cultural allegiance to her people and nation. Empress Tayitu understood that a nation might well disintegrate if cultural, educational and political affairs are imposed from without; when it is not the outcome of the natural evolution of the society it self. Global politics, in recent years has proved Tayitu right. One hundred year later contemporary Ethiopia and Ethiopians are in fact, in the processes of fulfilling European dream and desire. 

 

Though women can be warriors in defense of foreign aggression or their offspring, but to the most part, while most men are driven by the power of war, conquest and domination, women are geared towards nurturing children and caring for the family. This is the truth everywhere in the world. Women are still the ones that bind the human family and provide true security to society through their love and care. They are central force in building and maintaining a normal functioning of society and culture, they are the balancing force, which help us keep peace and justice in the world. This is however true if and when women are fully and decisively participating in the politics, economics, development etc., of our country for these are realities that affect their life and the life of their children.

 

Even though, in the past many Ethiopian women participated in politics, social affairs leadership, governance and administration, today, very few are, in fact, participating in the social and political issues of our country. Even though women are more than men in number and that they are part and parcel of society in all aspect of life, they are significantly absent in the body of politics of our country. The question is why Ethiopian women have almost no role in the body politics of our time? This is a crucial point, because without the participation of women, there would not be just and healthy society or people.  And most probably this why in the men dominated politics of our time has been failed to achieve it is goal and to some extent has been disastrous. Thus, the full participation of women in the leadership, decision-making processes and in all other aspect of their life that is paramount.

Hence, we celebrate to remember the past so we know where we were and where we are today and where we will be tomorrow, reaching our destiny. Ethiopians must recognize the importance of reconnecting with our ancestors for they are a source our life forces and the strength we need to regain our greatness and our rightful place in the global society. We celebrate because we know that we will over come fear and establish just and peaceful society, of course, sooner than later.

 

 Message read at the opening of IEWO's founding congress, March 3, 2007.

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 LET US CELEBRATE MARCH 8

 

In many countries the tradition of celebrating March 8 by expressing solidarity and raising current and pertinent demands of women, has been going on ever since women first came out to defend their rights. Our organization the International Ethiopian Women’s Organization, the IEWO, calls on Ethiopian women the world over to target March 8, 2007 as a day of mobilization and express their solidarity with women in which ever way they consider to be convenient for them. Papers could be prepared on different aspects of women’s condition in Ethiopia. In our country there is a lot to be done concerning the rights of the girl child, doing away with harmful traditions like abduction, rape, sexual mutilations etc. Discussions could also be initiated and carried on questions like the need of a women’s organization, a better tomorrow for Ethiopia's children etc.

The History of March 8: International Women’s Day

 

The celebration of March 8 as the international women’s day is dedicated to the struggle of American women who raised their banners in 1857 in the USA. Women workers in textile industries organized the first demonstration for equal pay and the demonstration was put down harshly. In 1893 women were enabled enough to vote for the first time ever in New Zealand, in other countries women will be able to vote after many decades as the history here below shows clearly. March 1908 the suffragettes started their long struggle for the right to vote in Great Britain. March 8 1910 European women organized themselves and met in Holland to create the first ever international organization of women.  March 1911 saw the demonstration of 1 million women in Europe.

 

The struggle continued to obtain the right to vote and on March 8 1914 women in Germany came out to defend their rights to vote, and Russian women created clandestine organizations of women. March 1915 women in Oslo came out to demonstrate against the war.

 

In some countries like in France women obtained the right to vote only in 1944, when the struggles for decolonization bare its fruits in some of its colonies. 100 000 French women marched out on March 8 1948. Throughout the 60’s women’s struggle raged both in Europe and the USA. In Switzerland women obtained the right to vote only in 1971, unbelievably late for the European context.

 

This is how women made their history by demanding their rights, fighting for equal pay for equal work with men, and for the right to vote. Until the 70’s women’s eligibility was only theoretical or symbolical even in the most developed countries.

 

Finally the UN sponsored meetings on March in 1975 and officially celebrated International Women’s day in 1977. The 1st World conference on women was organized in 1975 in Mexico, the 2nd in Copenhagen, the 3rd in Nairobi, the 4th in Beijing in 1995 and the 5th in New York.

 

In 2005 a World wide march was organized in many countries culminating at the conference in New York.

 

Today, women are active within the World Social Forum which has branches in all continents and called international meetings in Porto Allegre, Brazil, in Mumbai, India and the last to date in Bamako, Mali in 2006.

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