23 Nov 2012

Women Empowerment in Ethiopia


My name is Agar Mulat. I currently work as a Topic and Guest Researcher for a Nike Foundation/DFID sponsored radio programme designed to provide a platform for young people in Ethiopia to express their selves.

I have a wide range of experience in the area of my core passion, which is girl empowerment and social justice issues. Prior to joining my current organization, I worked at BBC Media Action previously known as BBC World service trust as a community development and discussion facilitator for a project mainly focused on empowering women. During this project, I travelled to over 60% of Ethiopia to facilitate discussions with girls, gatekeepers and men on challenges faced by girls and women.

Although I graduated from Alemaya University, Ethiopia, with BSc in Plant Science, my activities while in college was always geared towards addressing different social justice issues to foster women empowerment.

As a student, I was actively involved with the anti-AIDS movement and girls club geared at raising awareness on different social issues like HIV/AIDS, women empowerment, leadership and assertiveness in the university as well as the surrounding villages. We also organized fund-raising events to support female students with low economic background to ensure they stayed in school. 

In a country like Ethiopia where about 85% of the population live in rural areas and a great percentage of the girls are being exposed to early marriage and other problems, I believe a project like the one I’m working on will shed some light on these issues by giving a voice to those affected, through solution-focused programmes.

I’ll be delighted to connect with other people of like-minds. My profile link on LinkedIn is http://lnkd.in/2SUT3i. I’m also excited to learn more through new opportunities and project collaboration. I hope to continue to grow professionally, while contributing my quota to foster progressive development in my country.