The Ethiopian Women for Peace and Development, created by concerned Ethiopian women residing in the United States, believes that the Ethiopian people must be freed from the vicious cycle of poverty, war, and famine. Without a just peace and stability the country will not develop economically; thus, this vicious cycle of poverty, famine and death will continue. We believe that any effort to help reduce poverty and deal with the endemic health crises will not succeed unless there is peace and democracy in the country.
Throughout history, women around the world have stood for peace, equality, and justice. Ethiopian women have played important roles in the economic, political and social development of their country and have had significant impacts. They have struggled for economic development in the absence of equal opportunity for women. They have created support systems for each other through the traditional forms of organizations such as “mahber “and ‘edir”. It is in their spirit that we have organized the EWPD.
The Ethiopian Women for Peace and Development (EWPD) is a non-governmental organization and is not affiliated with any political organization or group within or outside of Ethiopia. It is a peace and human rights organization. Even though we are an independent organization, we will work with other organizations on issues that are within our goals and mission. Such issues include women’s social, political and economic issues as well as human rights and peace. We will also work with all organizations when they propose peaceful means to resolve the country’s political problems that might bring a lasting peace in Ethiopia.
Following are our positions on issues that relate to peace and development in Ethiopia.
Equality and Justice
Similar to many other countries in the world, Ethiopia has oppressed women. We strongly oppose the cultural, economic, and political subjugation of women. EWPD will support organization that try to improve the civil, religious, political, and economic rights of women.
The Ethiopian people have suffered immensely from unjust rules. The constitution of the country should uphold the international laws of human rights and justice. The right to due process of law is fundamental to creating a just and democratic society. The establishment of a just society is the right of all Ethiopian people.
We strongly believe that Ethiopia has the potential to feed itself and not be a dependent country. Development projects that include women are of special interest to our organization. Accordingly, EWPD will raise funds to help grassroots women’s projects aiming to bring viable economic development to their communities.
EWPD will work with Ethiopian women living in the Washington Metropolitan area by providing information and referral service to empower them with resources to meet their own economic needs and build a strong community. EWPD is committed to matters that will develop and strengthen the Ethiopian community, promote our culture, and enhance the support systems. We feel a strong Ethiopian community, anywhere in the world, is a strong power to foster peace, democracy, and development in Ethiopia.
Full membership is open to all Ethiopian women who have attained eighteen years of age and support the purposes of the organization as outlined in its charter
Ethiopian women who are members of Ethiopian Women for Peace and Development and who accept the charter of this organization may form a branch organization of EWPD.
EWPD is a non-profit organization established in the District of Columbia in July 1991, under the former name of Ethiopian women for Peace, Development, and Humanitarian Aid (EWPDHA)