Violence Against Women in Ethiopia: The Case of #JusticeForHanna

By Rediet Yibekal  Introduction As a young woman in her 20s, I am deeply concerned by the inhuman treatment of women worldwide. I try my best not to be very emotional about the mistreatment that women face, but I live it everyday. Because of the dress I choose to express myself, I get stopped and harassed. Because of my principle to empower and educate myself … Continue reading Violence Against Women in Ethiopia: The Case of #JusticeForHanna

Ethiopian Politics and Social Media

Hello Friends: In the following commentary, Rediet Wegayehu reflects on the outcomes, pros and cons of a recent political event that took place mainly in the Ethiopian virtual world, particularity on social media. Rediet says: “Due to the lack of knowledge of each other’s history, or due to some hidden political agenda, we fail to accommodate competing views or narratives. Instead of condescending those who … Continue reading Ethiopian Politics and Social Media

The Urgent Need for Adequate Investments in Literacy in Africa

Originally posted on Financing for Development in Africa:
Pupils in a classroom. (Pix Source: ActionAid) By ‘Biodun Awosusi United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated September 8th as International Literacy Day in 1946. Since then, the day is set aside to promote literacy and investment in education. Literacy, according to UNESCO, is “a human right, a tool of personal empowerment, and a means… Continue reading The Urgent Need for Adequate Investments in Literacy in Africa

Especial Etiopía. A través de los cinco sentidos básicos

Originally posted on Ese caleidoscopio gigantesco:
Mientras dure el verano voy a dedicarle a Etiopía una serie de especiales. La periodicidad de las entradas va a ser mensual, dado el trabajo que requieren, pero pienso que faltaba acercaros de manera más profunda todo lo que este país ofrece. Además, dada las fechas que son, igual animo a alguien a acercarse a sentirlo “in situ“. Os… Continue reading Especial Etiopía. A través de los cinco sentidos básicos

Beauty and Perception: What’s Beautiful?

Hello Friends: Here is a GuestPost by Rediet Yibekal on the perception of beauty. Every culture has its own understanding of beauty, which is often biased as skin color (or tones) and physical appearances remain the measuring sticks that define who is beautiful and who is not. Add to that the history of slavery, colonialism, racism, and various wars of conquest.  Nowadays, beauty (both masculine … Continue reading Beauty and Perception: What’s Beautiful?

Update: Nurturing the Culture of Giving Back – Ethiopia

Here is the second part of the article Ethiopian Youth Initiative: Nurturing the Culture of Giving Back — By Rediet Yibekal. *** Part Two: When Dreams Become Reality – Giving Back Is So Much Fun, This Is Only the Beginning! I hope you remember the first article I wrote about a donation project or campaign that my friends in Addis Ababa were organizing, collecting used clothes, shoes, … Continue reading Update: Nurturing the Culture of Giving Back – Ethiopia

Ethiopian Youth Initiative: Nurturing the Culture of Giving Back

A guest post by Rediet Yibekal. *** Giving Back Can Be So Much Fun, It is all about PERSPECTIVE!  In Ethiopia we have an old culture of exchanging used clothes or shoes with household equipments or kitchenwares. We call this deal “Lewach,” which in Amharic means exchange. The dealers who knock people’s doors to do the exchange earn their living by selling those clothes or shoes that … Continue reading Ethiopian Youth Initiative: Nurturing the Culture of Giving Back

Year 2012: Year of the Gangnam?

Hello Friends: Happy New Year! 🙂 Whether we liked or disliked it, 2012 is now a history. And 2013 has already taken control. Thank you all for your moral support, constructive comments and Likes that encourage me to blog more.  A lot of happy, sad, disturbing, weird, shocking and exciting things happened around the world in 2012. One that has earned a place in the … Continue reading Year 2012: Year of the Gangnam?

RISING NUMBERS GOT ME THINKING . . .

Hello Friends: Here is a Guestpost by Rediet Yibekal on the Repression of Freedom of Speech, Lack of Moderation, and rampant Extremism in Ethiopian Politics from both the Government and the Opposition side; and why Ethiopia must provide a buffer zone for moderate voices to thrive so that to loosen the tension between two or more extreme sides or political contenders. Rediet argues:  I do not fully encourage ultra-liberalism, … Continue reading RISING NUMBERS GOT ME THINKING . . .

Thoughts on Ethiopia Inspired by the US Election

Hello Friends, Here is a reflection on the US election and what can be learned from it that can be applied in Ethiopia. The writer is Rediet Yibekal, an Ethiopian student currently in Sweden.  Enjoy! 🙂  *** Thoughts on Ethiopia Inspired by the US Election By Rediet Yibekal  Ethiopia is always on my mind. After I followed the long political campaigns and the final result of … Continue reading Thoughts on Ethiopia Inspired by the US Election