Girls of Ethiopia Struggle between Water and Virginity

Girls from villages, constantly have more struggles in life when compared to others whose lives are different due their dwelling locations. In the country Yeshi was born and lives in, men don’t share house chores even in its big cities; and even worse it is in the villages of this country – Ethiopia.

The village girls have to go far to fetch water in a ‘gembo’ – a vessel made of clay that is used to collect water; they have to help the farmers with removing weeds when the harvest grows; they have to carry food for their family members working in the farms; they have to collect and carry heavy loads of firewood for the huts; they have to attend to their livestock and milk the cows; and they have to help their mother in the household tasks, and in preparing the family meals.

‘They asked me to sing; and I sang’: Women face Sexual Harassment in Workplaces too

“They asked me to sing, and I sang; those in front of me seemed happy. They asked me to dance, and I did that too; they clapped their hands and laughed aloud. I felt ashamed of myself. Where was I, what was I doing in a room with total male strangers, who were the directors of a prominent IT company. I looked at my file, it was still closed; they knew nothing about my qualifications, they did not bother to ask. They thanked me for entertaining them to vile away their time. I thanked them for not inviting me to sleep with them to vile away their time. I was rejected for the job, and I had already known that when I saw my file not being touched.”

Girl Child Marriages that lead to Obstetric Fistula in Ethiopia

It was a year ago, when I used to tutor a little boy in my city. The little tiny boy had a sister who is tinier than him. And what registered in my mind was the doll which the little girl dragged around her always; not able to carry the doll that was bigger than her tiny structure, the girl was yet determined to keep the toy close enough to her, preventing anybody nearing it. I realized that this toy was precious to this girl; I also realized how much more precious the girl herself was.

Education for Girls; a tool for Empowerment

When I was thirteen I had to leave my school after being abused by my teacher; so I decided never to go back to a school. Yet I knew how important education was for a girl, and so was it for me. I felt the urge to be educated, but not in a traditional school. So I began self-educating myself. I was ready to break the traditional barriers set to girls in a society that still believes that girls need not to be educated. I wanted to be that girl who one day be transformed into an educated woman. I wanted to be that girl who wanted to educate other girls who were not privileged as me to be educated. Hence I began dreaming of starting my own school one day, and that is what I did eventually after some year.