Mulu Haile. Mission for Community Development. Addis Ababa

Mulu Haile has a long background in social work. She graduated from Addis Ababa University with a BA in social work, and then completed a Post Diploma in Human Rights & in Children and Youth Development from ISS-Institute of Social Studies (The Netherlands).

She was country representative for Community Aid Abroad (CAA) Oxfam Australia before founding the organisation Mission for Community Development (MCDP). She is also a member of Strategic Initiative for Women in the Greater Horn of Africa (SIHA) Member and a founding member of Soroptimist International Addis Ababa club, a professional and women in management club that  strives to work especially for women.

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Kerkab Sirgew, UPEACE, Addis Ababa

Born in Addis Ababa in 1984, Kebkab attended the prestigious University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As her inclination was towards social issues, concerns, justice, and the applicability of the law in general, she joined Law School.

During her stay in law school, she served for four years as a member of the Honor Board representing students and as a member of the AAU Law Alumni Association. Besides, she carried out a wide range of voluntary work, participated in debates organized by the Children’s legal protection center of the African child policy forum in 2006 and she also actively took part and participated in different workshops and trainings.

She now works for UPEACE Africa programme and teaches law part time at the University of Addis.

Abebech Wolde, Ethiopian Media Women´s Association, Addis Ababa

Abebech is the Executive Director of Ethiopian Media Women’s Association (EMWA).

Mrs. Abebech Wolde has gained extensive knowledge and experience in gender and the media, having been working in the sphere for the last 17 years whilst acquiring the necessary education in the areas of communications, media and gender. Abebech has an M.A in Gender Studies; gained a B.A in Language and Literature from Addis Ababa University and a Diploma in Print Journalism in addition to the various short-term courses she attended.

Before joining EMWA Abebech worked as a journalist for seven years at The Ethiopian Herald, the only national daily broadsheet published in the English language. In addition, she worked as Public Relations Officer at different ministries for a period of five years. Having always been an advocate for women’s rights especially on issues pertaining to women and gender in the media, she began working for Ethiopian Media Women’s Association where she has worked for the past eight years. She has served EMWA in different capacities as elected officer, president, and as member of different committees. She has conducted, co-conducted and coordinated research and training activities in relation to women and the media. email:

Marta Teklie, Guele Subcity Women´s Department, Addis Ababa.

After receiving her BA in Sociology, Marta now works as a project and research coordinator at the Guele Subcity Women’s Affairs department. email: