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Selam Ahun (Peace Now)

Project Peace, Security and Justice

Women in conflict-affected communities in Ethiopia suffer the most as they become prime target for political and gender-based violence. Not only that, but they also undergo traumatic experience during conflict-induced displacement.

Women in Ethiopia also face a problem in getting access and utility of formal justice sector and the situation has worsened after the outbreak of COVID 19. Their justice needs and experiences are different from men because of the societal power dynamics and women’s subsequent status and experiences with poverty, these have implications on their being able to access any form of justice.

City/Region
Yabello/Oromia Region
Donor
Cordaid International
Thematic Area
Peace, Security and Justice
Project Duration
01/03/2020 – 28/02/2021
Implementing Partners
Ministry of Peace, Hundee Oromo Grassroots Development Initiatives, Ethiopian Womens Lawyers Association (EWLA)
Sustainable Development Goals
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Long before formal justice system is introduced, Ethiopia had traditional institutional mechanisms as well as cultural resources to uphold the values of peace, tolerance, solidarity, and respect. These mechanisms were effective in managing conflicts caused by dispute over land, chieftaincy, and matrimonial fallouts and their decisions were binding on all parties. The role of the chiefs, elders, family heads and others, who take leadership is highly regarded.

Women have specific role especially on identifying conflict risks and take part in mediation as their male counterparts, but their role did not come out strongly to complement other conflict resolution mechanisms.

Selam ahun project planned to contribute to women becoming more involved in peacebuilding at the community as well as regional level and has closely worked with traditional justice structure to strengthen their role in conflict management and peace building.

Target Beneficiaries

Selam Ahun has targets 32, 707 women directly to participate and benefit from project activities. Indirectly 80,000 women and communities in 9 kebeles of Yabello woreda are targeted.

Project Objectives

  • To improve women’s access and utility to formal justice structures through quality free legal consultation of hotline services and mapping of stakeholders
  • To develop inputs on the socio-economic impacts of COVID 19 on women and girls in Ethiopia.
  • To enhance women’s awareness on the protection of their right in managing gender-based violence, harmful traditional practice and other violation of rights
  • To improve women’s knowledge and skills in conflict resolution processes

Results

  • Capacity building training were provided for 14 community facilitators ( 6 female and 8 male) and 46 participants (12 women and 34 men) government officials and community member representatives on women right protection and conflict prevention process.
  • Capacity building training were provided for 900 adult male and 900 adult females (of which 350 women are SHG representatives) on women’s right, protection and conflict prevention.
  • 170 clients received survivor’s fund for transportation support them to follow up their cases in the court.