Ethiopia celebrates International Women’s Day

On the occasion of the 41st International Women's Day (March 8), being celebrated under the theme "enhancement of women's saving culture shall be the basis for our renaissance", Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn urged Ethiopian women to struggle uninterruptedly and ensure their equal participation and economic benefits in the  country. The Prime Minister said women in Ethiopia still needed continuous struggle to ensure equal participation and to gain socio-economic and political benefits. The Prime Minister noted that the government had prepared regulations to facilitate opportunities to help women, stressing that any development activity which failed to involved full participation of women is was doomed to be unproductive. Indeed, strengthening the involvement of women in the socio-economic and political activities of the country was crucial for growth. He said women were registering remarkable results  in trade , entrepreneurship,  industry, and agricultural sectors , and the government was making every effort to indentify challenges that were obstacles to fully engage women in different sectors. Women had, of course, played their own part during the armed struggle to topple the Derg and shown relentless efforts to participate in the country's democratization process of the country during the last 25  years, articipating in the general elections. The Prime Minister noted that women's participation in decision making continued to grow. Over 50% of seats in regional councils were held by women and 38% of the seats in the House of People's Representatives and the House of Federation also belonged to women.  Women's access to education in primary schools is equal to men and their access in secondary schools has reached more than 50% percent to 40% in higher education institution.