A RUEFUL MARCH 8th

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| March 8 is upon us, and with it another day to reflect on the role women have or may not have in our respective societies. For Ethiopians, it has long been lauded as a day where we celebrate critical advances made in the endless fight to achieve gender equality, while unfortunately it is also a time where we lament the many impossible to ignore shortcomings that have our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters languishing in ordeals brought upon by chauvinist thinking and patriarchal norms from centuries aback.… Read More A RUEFUL MARCH 8th

THE EFF: RAISING A GIANT MIDDLE FINGER AT ETHIOPIAN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

Car horns are blaring, crowds are cheering. Patriotic songs are being played through mega speakers as the generation’s latest set of heroes make their way from an open bus parade of the Ethiopian capital to Addis Ababa stadium. No, this isn’t a military victory rally, nor the reception commonly given to the national athletics team upon their return from the Olympics. This is June 2012, and the Ethiopian women’s national football team, also referred to as “Lucy,” are being honored by a nation after successfully qualifying for the 2012 Africa Women’s Football Championship.… Read More THE EFF: RAISING A GIANT MIDDLE FINGER AT ETHIOPIAN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL