Administrator meets with Ethiopian women's groups

Nov 2, 2010

On the margins of the Africa-China Poverty reduction and Development Conference, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark held a  meeting with Ethiopian women leaders from the private sector, civil society, academia and the government.

The Administrator welcomed the creation of the new UN agency for women, UN-Women and the appointment of a new Under Secretary General for Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Discussions centered around the the possibility that UN agencies and programmes might still work actively to promote gender equality and the empowerment. Helen Clark said that the idea for UN Women was not to let other agencies off the hook, but to help enhance their engagement on gender equality issues.

Miss Clark acknowledged that Ethiopia has made a lot of progress on promoting women in leadership and decision-making positions, and noted that UNDP would continue to promote this.  On education, she said, UNDP should strengthen its ties with UNESCO  to promote scholarships for women.

Following the recent creation of an Ethiopian women’s bank called ENAT, UNDP in Ghana and Liberia has been contacted with requests to share experiences on setting up women’s banks. Tegegnework Gettu, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa, highlighted knowledge sharing in this area as a promising new venture.