WIZO’s women leadership program helps ensure that there will be more women in leadership positions. Women all across the country can participate and lead social programs to benefit their community.
My family sees women as someone who should have children, who doesn’t have the power to lead or make a difference. My father was important man in the community and when people would come over, I was never allowed to sit and listen in on their meetings. He told me I was a woman and so had no right to sit with them
In the army, I realized that if I wanted to be someone I needed to be an officer. I was the first Ethiopian officer in my neighborhood.
I found that there are a lot of single mothers here that don’t work and can’t support their families. Via WIZO’s women’s leadership program, I created a program that helps single mothers find jobs and improve their lives.
WIZO is a huge part of my life. It gave me the opportunity to change peoples lives. I learned that I could achieve my dream.