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Meaza Ashenafi,women’s right advocate,named Ethiopia’s first female Chief Justice

Formidable Women’s rights activists, Meaza Ashenafi, is appointed as president of Federal Supreme Court. She vows to restore public trust to the justice system.

Meaza Ashenafi - Ethiopia

November 1,2018
Updated on November 1, 2018 at 19:19 Toronto time.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government is deepening revolution of women equality in the public service.

Today, he proposed to the parliament Meaza Ashenafi, a formidable woman prominent for defending women rights in Ethiopia, as the president of the Federal Supreme Court and that parliament has unanimously approved the proposal, based on a report by government media, Ethiopian News Agency. The parliament has also appointed Solomon Areda as her deputy.

Last month, Ethiopia made headline in many media outlets when prime minister Abiy Ahmed introduced unprecedented gender balance cabinet, not just in the history of Ethiopia but also in the history of Africa. A gender parity cabinet could in fact be under statement because key cabinet positions including the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of peace, which overseas leading security apparatus in the country including the intelligence department, are now led by newly appointed female ministers.

Last week, the parliament appointed Sahle-Work Zewde, former ambassador who was working as United Nations’ representative at the African Union at the time of her appointment, as the first women president for the country.

In a speech made to the parliament, Meaza Ashenafi vowed that restoring public trust in the court system is her priority. She is expected to be one of the resource persons in the reformation of the justice system in Ethiopia which the government is embarking soon.

Who is Meaza Ashenafi?

Meaza Ashenafi was born in Assosa town, in what is now Benshangul Gumuz regional state, Western Ethiopia in 1964.

She studied law at Addis Ababa University, the country’s prestigious institution of higher learning. Her graduate study is in international relation which she did in the United States.

In terms of experience in the justice system, she served a high court judge for about three years and has also participated in the Ethiopian Constitution Commission, which was mandated to draft the constitution, as a legal adviser.

She has played a leading role in women’s rights activism in Ethiopia through Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, a non-for-profit organization she founded and led for nearly a decade between 1995 and 2004 is the brainchild of Meaza for she was its founder.

She is also among the founders of the first women bank in Ethiopia, ENAT bank and served as chairperson of the board of directors.

In 2017, she was the guest speaker at the Businesswoman of the Year Awards which was organized in South Africa.

In her last role before the appointment, she was working as Gender Advisor at United Nations Economic Commission For Africa.

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  1. Your biased reporting is clear blaming the violence in west Ethiopia on OLF where as the violence is a public secrete that the cause is the armed badits of Benidhangul gumuz that displaced more than 70,000 Amharas and Oromos. You are dumbass who totally report fabricated news of OLF getting prefered treatment from government.

    Tell me why did not mention this killing snd displacement of mass in Wollega in your report. Let alone this mas eviction, had one individual is killed is from your ethnic group, you would be barking like a mad dog, crying ethnic cleansing. I know you guys always play your old song of Ethiopiaeinet but hide you true color behind this Ethiopiawinet but always shows your hatred towards oromos. You can go to hell with your crap reporting, you dog, you even never mentioned about the people killed in Nekemte in the name of disarming OLF but only talks about OLF being prefered.

    I hate spending my time replying to your shit but only to protect some innocents not being misled by you. Dogs like you always bark and try to blackmail and shut us up. Not that we are to giant to be distracted by your barking, dambasd.

  2. OLF created with false imaginary made up story and now when Abey and oromo leading the country it’s still continuing the false fight with no cause. These are mostly educated fools and uneducated mob who are led by greedy leaders who look into threor own interest and don’t care how many die due to such stupid cause. Even the Oromo leaders can’t satisfy this bastards let alone other leaders. finally they will kill each other if the young not wake up early.

  3. I am neither a memeber nor supporter of OLF but I am a proud oromo Ethiopian and proud to be Ethiopia. Being Oromo cannot never take away my being Ethiopian as some of you want us to believe. One thing is certain and is undisputable, the OLF imaginary story you barked holds far more water than the legendary false stories and hatred towards oromos you bark. OLF is created based on true grievances of people. The barking never changes the facts and your shouts never makes your narrow illitrate understanding of a histry a true fact. Divide is too old to work now, oromos are million miles ahead of you and can solve their own problems by themsleves. The killings of oromos one another is your evil wish for us and will backfire on you. You can go and commit suicide and.your soul can join x woyyanes in hell. For that matter and with all due respect you can go to hell before oromos even think about killing one another let alone killing one another. Moreover you better mind your problem instead of getting your bloody mouth in to the bisiness of others after all. The oromo youths who fought on street and tortured in prisons and killed in thousands did not fight to bring Abiy and other Oromo leaders to power (During this time of fighting most of you were either encouraging the woyanne to kill the youths or hiding like coward). The youth fought for democracy, equal right, self rule and rule of law which has not fully materalised in most part of the country.

    Let me ask one quastion, why the fuck have you not included in your report about the people being killed by the milatary in the name of disarming OLF. Why the fuck did you defelect the killings in wolllega by Benishangula armed badits to OLF. Where the fuck is the defenve army when millions were displaced by Somali liyu police and again thousands by Gumuz badits. If you were a genuin reporter, you would have atleast said one or two things. You know and I know the answer. Your objective is to dissiminate false propoganda against the oromos instead of reporting true stories.


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