Aster Mamo

Ethiopia’s First Female Deputy PM

Who: Aster Mamo – executive committee member and recently elected Deputy Chairwoman of the Oromia People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO). OPDO is one of the four parties that comprise the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). She has also been serving as adviser to the PM and government chief whip. What: After the passing of the late Alemayehu…

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Can you be a mom and a great CEO?

In this interesting BBC debate moderated by Zainab Badawi, the leading question is can the hand that rock the cradle rock the board room? Two working moms argue it cannot be done without incorporating the added pressure of “perfection” and burdening women while two CEO mothers argue that it can be done and what’s lacking for…

Feminism

A 2014 Wish List

Happy 2014 to all! The past year has been quite a year of learning for me. My engagement with a local women’s association for the past two-years and leading it through 2013 has been quite insightful in understanding more about female leadership – the opportunities and the obstacles that exist for women in Ethiopia. The…

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16 Days of Activism against GBV: Petals of Pride

I wrote this piece and posted here almost three years ago and now re-post it again in marking the 16 days of activism for the elimination of all forms of gender based violence.  PETALS OF PRIDE Mama, don’t put me under the knife Give not to culture A slice of my precious life My body…

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Of Female Sexuality & Ethiopian Women

“The systematic suppression of women’s sexual and erotic inclinations has led to the conflation of sexuality and reproduction within a hetero-normative cultural and social matrix. This suppression is maintained through vigilant cultural surveillance, and has led to the muting of what I define as our feminist sexual memory and instinct. The result is a sexual…