Women in Ethiopia’s Governance

The new climate of Ethiopian politics has brought smiles to the faces of the country’s inhabitants with the different political views of a young Prime Minister, who has been taking unusual steps the past six months for his people, but also considering the important of women’s voices in the country.

Women’s voices are necessary in a country’s decision making process, and for democracy, peace, and development. Even though we today see women being involved in many fields of work, and in leadership positions around the world, there are some areas which still prevent women’s representation. And governance is one of such in particular.

Women Voice-out in Sri Lanka.

Women of Sri Lanka have always been heterogeneous. The multi-ethnic, multi – religious and multi-cultural environment, with international expatriates and tourists visiting the country in abundance has added to the diversified beliefs and living patterns of Sri Lanka’s population as a whole.

Sri Lankan societies are classified into different class systems based on their family background, lineage, education, wealth, and even at times on how conversant they are in speaking the English Language. Women from the upper or upper middle class societies have always had the privilege of loosening themselves from the old traditions and religious restrictions, and becoming prominent figures in the country.

The Feminine Touch on the Male-dominant Wheels

These days the streets of Colombo and its suburbs are caught by an aura of femininity, with females parking their Tuk – Tuks in the parking stands which had seen long years of male presence; and the wheels of several Taxis turned by female hands.

Tuk-Tuk as it is referred to by foreigners, or the Three-Wheeler as termed locally, is a very popular and convenient vehicle with three wheels. This vehicle is widely used mostly in India and Sri Lanka for transportation, and had always been driven by men for many decades.  Yet, during the recent past years, Sri Lankan women have stepped out of their traditional occupations, and have opted to drive the Tuk – Tuk as a means of earning.

Life’s realities of Women from the wealthy mines of DR Congo

If I had other means that would feed my children, I would never step into those threatening darkness; they seem to me like graveyards”, mentioned one young woman who depended solely on the earnings she received from the mines.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the wealthiest country in the World in terms of natural resources – specifically minerals. Three quarter of the area, 2.345.000Km, is filled with mineral ores such as coltan, nickel, copper, cobalt, zinc, magnesium, limestone, diamond, gold and more. Geologists describe Congo as a land of wonder regarding its potential deposit which is untapped, and more is yet to discover. The Southern part of the country has a deposit of 80% of Cobalt produced in the World and 50% of Copper. These products are used into the manufacture of electrical vehicles, electricity wires, just to name a few.