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Eritrea Playing Exemplary Role in Combating FGM: UNICEF

In 1995, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice in Eritrea was around 95%. In 2014, the practice reduced significantly to 4.3% for children aged under 15 and to 2.5% for children under 5 years of age.

By Shabait,

Eritrea is playing an exemplary role in eradicating FGM and that harmful practices will no more exist in the country in the near future, according to Ms. Rania Zakie, Representative of the UNICEF in Eritrea.

Speaking on the occasion of declaring a free-FGM zone in Asmat and Habero subzones, Ms. Rania underlined that the occasion is a vivid demonstration of Eritrea’s commitment as well as active engagement and collaboration of the society, government institutions and national associations in taking concrete actions towards combating FGM in the country. Continue reading Eritrea Playing Exemplary Role in Combating FGM: UNICEF

Eritrea and Ethiopia: The Abyss and the Seemingly Glowing Star

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” – Dante Alighieri

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin,

Already for more than a decade, Eritrea has carried itself as a proud nation. Among others, against TPLF fabrications it has stood on its feet and under sanctions. International aid and trade could not mediate its opening up to international investors.

Eritrean leaders claim from time to time that has been the only avenue for them to preserve their country as a sovereign nation. And yet, Eritrea has hardly managed to clarify what that sovereignty is based on, i.e., whether it is in the typical African sense a sovereignty without real independence. Continue reading Eritrea and Ethiopia: The Abyss and the Seemingly Glowing Star

Eritrea’s Achievements on Gender Equality Applauded at a UN Side Event

By Eritrean Permanent Mission to the UN,

A SIDE-EVENT was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Eritrea and the United Nations Country Team under the theme “Empowering Women: Eritrea’s Achievements and Experience” during the 59th Session of the Commission on Status of Women in New York on the 16 March 2015, with a full house participation of representatives of states, UN Agencies and civil society organizations.  Continue reading Eritrea’s Achievements on Gender Equality Applauded at a UN Side Event

Empowering Women: UN Report 2015 – Eritrea

Eritrea’s Achievements and Experience: Presented on the occasion of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Side Event on Eritrea

By Eritrea Mission and UNCT,

INTRODUCTION: Eritrea with 1200km coastline and more than 300 islands in the Red Sea is strategically situated in the eastern part of Africa. It joined the international community in 1993 following liberation from Ethiopian colonialism in 1991 through an arduous thirty-year armed struggle.

The socio-economic character of the Eritrean population comprises of more than 80% agro-pastoralists, with the rest being mainly workers, merchants, students and professionals (EPHS 2010). There are nine ethnic groups – Afar, Bilen, Hedareb, Kunama, Nara, Rashaida, Tigre, Saho and Tigrinya, each having its own language.  Continue reading Empowering Women: UN Report 2015 – Eritrea

A UN Side Event on “Empowering Women: Eritrea’s Achievements and Experiences” to be Held

UN and Eritrea to showcase country’s achievement and experience on Women empowerment

By Eritrea Mission and UNCT,

ON the occasion of the 59th Session of the Commission on Status of Women, the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nations together with the UN Country Team (UNCT) will organise a side event on Monday March 16, 2015 at the UN headquarters in New York.

Women are disproportionately affected by underdevelopment. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for action of which the world is celebrating its 20th Year has been crucial in highlighting the factors that are contributing to marginalization of women and ways to empower them. Continue reading A UN Side Event on “Empowering Women: Eritrea’s Achievements and Experiences” to be Held

Eritrea’s Record on Women’s Rights to be Reviewed by UN Committee

Women empowerment and other rights of women were one of the strongest sides of Eritrea’s liberation struggle. This legacy coupled with the policies pursued thereafter, has greatly improved the social standing of women. According to the 2009 Human Development Report, 22% of seats in parliament and 18% of the Ministers in Eritrea were women.

By UN OHCHR,

ERITREA’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Thursday 26 February in meetings that will be webcast live.

Eritrea is one of the 188 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so is required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 23 independent experts on how it is implementing the Convention. Continue reading Eritrea’s Record on Women’s Rights to be Reviewed by UN Committee