International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day is annually celebrated in all CARE Ethiopia offices to honor women for their tremendous contribution to society. This year, Pathways Ethiopia joined the wider CARE Ethiopia Country Office to celebrate International Women’s Day with innovative ideas.
The annual event comprised of several contests, games and awards with the goal of raising awareness for the need for gender parity followed by women staff participation on a UN-organized women’s 5km run.
The agenda for the staff gathering included an opening speech by the Country Director followed by a question and answer session on prominent Ethiopian female figures; a game called “Walking in Her Shoes”; presenting the Gender Champion of the Year Award; and a video, photography and quote contest.
During the first part of the event, staff actively participated in a question and answer game on the most prominent Ethiopian female figures. This segment of the event brought about hidden female leaders who were not known to the mass public.
A game titled “Walking in Her Shoes” was the most entertaining and educational part of the event. During this game, three male CARE employees walked in female high heels and walked around the room creating much laughter and contradicting ideas which generated a heated discussion and reflection on barriers for women empowerment, challenges for women in various sectors, and the sharing culturally imposed burdens of women.
Abinet Tasew, Pathways Gender and Nutrition Advisor, was presented with the 2018 Gender Champion of the Year award. She received her award for being a front runner in advocating for gender equality in the work place.