Int’l Conf. of Ethiopian Women in the Diaspora set for March 9-11 in DC – Press Release

November 29th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Call for Papers

WASHINGTON, DC – Sixteen Ethiopian women who live in different states and cities in the United States met at Howard University in Washington, DC on October 15, 2011 and discussed the current situations of Ethiopian women at home and in the Diaspora. At the end of the meeting, it was decided to organize an international conference of Ethiopian women in the Diaspora.

The purpose of the conference is to freely discuss issues that concern Ethiopian women at home and abroad. The participants of the October 15th meeting created a conference coordinating committee called Ethiopian Women Conference Coordinating Committee (EWCCC). EWCCC is not affiliated with any political, government or civic organizations. It is an independent body created to organize the international conference.
The theme of the conference is “Empowering Ethiopian Women and Advancing Their Rights.” The conference will be held in March, during International Women’s month. It will be from March 9 to March 11, 2012, in Washington, DC, USA. All women interested in issues pertaining to Ethiopian women are invited to present papers in the areas listed below. Women of Ethiopian descents are highly encouraged to present papers. Comparative studies (comparing Ethiopia to other countries) will be accepted.
1.History of Ethiopian women’s movements
2.Women and the current economic conditions in Ethiopia
3.Education of women in Ethiopia
4.Political participation of women in Ethiopia and the Diaspora
5.Women’s participation in social justice movements
6.Women’s participation in leadership positions
7.Health issue of women (reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, access to health facilities, etc.)
8.Migration (forced and/or voluntary migration, internal displacement, migration of labor)
9.Employment Opportunities for Women in Ethiopia (informal and formal sectors, workplace safety, gender equality at workplace, etc.)
10.Environment in Ethiopia and its Impact on Women
11.Violence against Women (domestic violence, early marriage, Female Gentile Mutilations (FGM), etc.)
12.Women, Peace and human rights
13.Women’s organizations (history, strengths and challenges)
14.Women in the media (coverage of women’s issues, women’s access to media)
15.Social issues in Diaspora women (acculturation, raising children, marriage, substance abuse, etc.)
16.Emerging Voices: Young Ethiopian women’s views

The deadline for submitting an abstract of a paper is January 10, 2012. The abstract should not be more than two paragraphs (300 words or less). The presentations can be in English or Amharic. Interested presenters will be notified of approval of their abstracts by January 31, 2012. Selected presenter will be requested to prepare a twenty-minute presentation. We also request a written version of your presentation (in English or Amharic) in order to publish the proceedings of the conference in due time.

Please send your abstracts to Program Committee at

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