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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November

1 in 3

More than 1 in 3 women experience gender-based violence during their lifetime.

1 in 5

In 2021, nearly 1 in 5 women aged 20-24 were married before turning 18.


Less than 40 per cent of women who experience violence seek help of any sort.

UNiTE! Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls!

Five years ago, the #MeToo movement, founded by activist Tarana Burke in 2006, exploded and sparked global mobilization creating a moment of urgency in preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.

Since then, unprecedented awareness and momentum have been created thanks to the relentless work of grassroots activists, women’s human rights defenders and survivor advocates worldwide to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.

At the same time, there has been a rise in anti-rights movements, including anti-feminist groups, resulting in shrinking space for civil society, a backlash against women’s rights organizations and a rise in attacks against women human rights defenders and activists.

Pushing forward: Countering anti-feminist backlash in Ethiopia.

While more and more women have started speaking up for their rights using apps like Tiktok, more anti-women pages that promote backward gender roles and gender-based violence have also started to surface through such spaces ❜⁠ .

Hanna Lemma is a women’s rights advocate and feminist researcher from Ethiopia. She is also the founder and director of Addis Powerhouse, a young women-led feminist knowledge production platform that conducts gender research and works to ensure young women’s meaningful representation in Ethiopian politics and society. In the wake of civil war, Hanna is fighting hard to prevent progress on women’s rights from becoming a casualty. (UN Women, 2022)

Hanna Lemma (she/her)

Associate Researcher

I admire Phoolan Devi who was an Indian freedom fighter and a bandit queen. She endured traumatic experiences at a young age, however, she refused to see herself as a victim despite everything that has happened to her. Hanna Lemma is a feminist writer and women’s empowerment advocate with a B.A. Degree in Economics and an M. Sc. in Development Economics from Addis Ababa University. At the University, she has contributed research works focused on the gender pay gap in construction work and later on the effect of nutrition sensitive agriculture intervention on women’s welfare in Amhara Region.

Hanna was also a National Director at AIESEC in Ethiopia where she worked on the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals and youth empowerment. Parallel to her studies, Hanna has worked on the Sustainable Land Management program which laid the foundation for her thesis work.

Furthermore, she has participated in a women empowerment project in Ludhiana, India, where she worked towards delivering an inclusive program for the youth. Hanna can speak in Amharic and English, with a medium level proficiency in Arabic. ( Includodate, 2022)

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