The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association EWLA

Linked with Meaza Ashenafi – Ethiopia.

EWLA, The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, is a non profit and nonpartisan voluntary organization founded by a group of Ethiopian women lawyers in 1995 following the ratification of the constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. An electoral board manages EWLA and full membership is also open to women lawyers. Associate membership is available to non legal women and men professionals, who support the objectives and concerns of EWLA.

Background: The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) is a not-for-profit Women’s advocacy group founded by women lawyers. The association began its work in 1996 after its registration as a civic association by the Ministry of Justice in June 1995.

EWLA functions with the generous grants provided by a consortium of donors. Currently, the head office is located in Addis Ababa with branch offices in Assosa, Awassa, Bahirdar, Diredawa, Nazareth and Gambella. The regional offices staffs are supported by 53 trained voluntary committee members at the woreda and zonal levels, providing a structure to reach women throughout Ethiopia.

Mission: EWLA’S mission is to promote the economic, political, social and legal rights of women and to that end to assist them to secure full protection of their rights under Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and other international human rights conventions.

Objectives: As defined in its articles of the association EWLA pursues the following specific objectives:

  • The elimination of all forms of legally and traditionally sanctioned discriminations against women;
  • The ensuring of equal treatment of women with men in education, employment, access to public services and benefits;
  • The advocacy of remedial and affirmative measures for women to redress accumulated consequences of discriminations.

EWLA in Africa, and: EWLA in other regions of the world.

Read: Ethiopia, Government Attacks Women Lawyers, Human Rights Watch Letter, New York, October 17, 2001, and: Ministry Lifts Suspension of Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association.

Read: Commission UN Human Rights, Sub-Commission on the promotion and protection of Human Rights, Fifty-seventh Session. Working Group on Minorities, Eleventh Session, May 30th to 3rd June 2005: The intervention issues that are affecting Minority Right in Ethiopia, Somali Women.


The Communication Initiatives;

Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association Abruptly Closed by Government (on Women’s learning partnership);

Women and Land in Africa;

EWLA on peacebuildingsportal;

EWLA on the Human Rights databank hri.

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