The project supports Ethiopian women in their efforts to foster the meaningful participation of women in the country's dialogue processes.
Timeframe: 2022 - 2023
Within the Berghof Foundation’s overall work to support Ethiopian-led and -owned efforts towards inclusive dialogue processes on multiple levels, this project focuses on supporting Ethiopian women in their efforts to strengthen the role and inclusion of women in said processes.
The project pursues a multi-pronged strategy: It supports influential women from diverse backgrounds to meaningfully engage with procedural and substantive issues by providing skills-based, conceptual and thematic learning opportunities, as well as spaces for contextualisation. It further supports Ethiopian women in their efforts to facilitate inter-group outreach and pre-consultations as a basis for the integration of women’s perspectives in dialogue processes. Finally, the project strengthens gender inclusive alliances by engaging with male power-holders and raising their awareness for the strategic value of women’s inclusion in dialogue processes.
In the framework of the Berghof Foundation’s multi-track dialogue support in Ethiopia, it had become apparent that women are oftentimes marginalised in dialogue processes that address the deep-rooted issues of the country. Therefore, the Berghof Foundation together with its partners started to accompany Ethiopian women in their efforts to strategically address this challenge.
Starting from late 2020, increased efforts were vested in creating spaces for Ethiopian women to exchange on the barriers and opportunities for women’s inclusion in Ethiopian dialogue processes. Over several months and through different support formats, this support matured into trusted relationships with influential Ethiopian women, who now form the centre of the project engagement.
Partners and Funders
Our main implementing partner is the Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation (CDRC).
The project is funded by the Peace and Stabilization Operations Security Programs of the Global Affairs Canada.
Publications and Resources
- Katrin Planta, Vanessa Prinz and Luxshi Vimalarajah (2015) Inclusivity in National Dialogues. Guaranteeing Social Integration or Preserving old power Hierarchies?
- National Dialogue Handbook. A Guide for Practitioners (2017)
- Berghof Foundation (2019) Berghof Glossary on Conflict Transformation: 20 Notions for Theory and Practice
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