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Selam Ahun (Peace Now)

Project Peace, Security and Justice

Women in Ethiopia’s conflict-affected communities suffer the most because they are frequently the victims of political and gender-based violence. Additionally, they face trauma as a result of displacement brought on by conflict.

Women in Ethiopia also have difficulty accessing and using the official legal system, and the situation has gotten worse since COVID 19 first emerged. Because of societal power dynamics, women’s subsequent status, and experiences with poverty, which have an impact on their ability to access any type of justice, they have distinct demands and experiences with justice than males.

Implementation Area
Yabello – Oromia Region
Cordaid Global Office
Thematic Area
Peace, Security and Justice
Project Start Date – End Date
January 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021
HUNDEE Oromo Grassroots Development Initiatives, Ethiopian Womens Lawyers Association (EWLA)

Ethiopia had traditional institutional structures and cultural resources to promote the principles of peace, tolerance, solidarity, and respect long before the introduction of a formal legal system. Due to the fact that their verdicts were binding on all parties, these procedures were effective at resolving disputes brought on by land disputes, chieftaincy issues, and marriage problems. Chiefs, elders, family heads, and other leaders are held in high regard for their leadership roles.

Women play a specific role, particularly when it comes to spotting potential conflict risks, and they participate in mediation just like their male counterparts, but their role hasn’t really emerged to firmly support other conflict resolution techniques.

People That We Work With

The project targeted 80,000 people indirectly in 9 Kebeles at Yabello woreda. Additionally, in Addis Ababa, women were reached through legal aid services, transportation fund, and court fees.


The goals are to strengthen and maintain the protection of women’s rights, promote women’s participation in conflict prevention, and improve women’s access to and use of the formal and informal legal systems.


      See this project results in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Registry HERE