‘Women’s Inferno in Ethiopia’ at the European Parliament
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in collaboration with the People’s Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (PAFD) and MEP Liliana Rodrigues (S&D), held a conference entitled ‘Women’s Inferno in Ethiopia’ at the European Parliament in Brussels. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness about the deteriorating condition of human rights in Ethiopia, focusing particularly on gender-based violence that disproportionately affects women of marginalised ethnic groups. The conference centered on the plight of women from Ogaden and Oromo, from Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, and Sidama.
Two years ago, OYSU participated in a conference organised by UNPO entitled ‘Minority Women’s Rights: an Ethiopian Inferno?’, and in March 2017 these issues were brought back to the table. OYSU UK presented a talk on ‘Institutionalized rape and gender-based violence in the Ogaden region’ highlighting the deteriorating situation of Ogaden women. Among other points, the talk covered the Ethiopian government’s systematic use of sexual violence against women as a deliberate military strategy and the psychological traumas associated with such violations.