The celebration of the International Women’s Day (March 8)

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The celebration of the International Women’s Day (March 8) is an important day to celebrate women's social, economic, cultural & political achievements and call for gender equality. The International Women’s Day has been celebrated in Ethiopia for 44 consecutive years. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) is, “Each for Equal”. The campaign Each for Equal emphasizes the idea that an equal world is an enabled world. EDC-Ethiopia has celebrated the 2020 International Women’s Day with women entrepreneurs. The event was started by a short presentation about the International Women’s Day. On the presentation, it has been indicated that EDC- Ethiopia understands the impact of unbalanced gender ratio in the project office and strives to balance the existing gender ratio; struggle to empower women entrepreneurs via providing “Women Entrepreneurship Training”- a customized training for women entrepreneurs with low literacy level; recognizes the contributions of prominent female entrepreneurs across the country in the Global Entrepreneurship Week through an award category named “Best Young Female of the Year”; and the centre has provided leadership training for its female clients in collaboration with UAE embassy; facilitated collateral free loan for women entrepreneurs in partnership with Enat Bank. Following the presentation, two prominent entrepreneurs; namely Rahel Hiruy – owner and founder of Damascene essential and Misitre Gossaye- owner of Bemisitre Home accessories, shared their life journey with the audience. Finally, questions were forwarded to the audience and award was presented to top three winners by Dr. Hassien Hussien- CEO of EDC.