P4P medium Grant 

“History of Ethiopian women’s resistance to political exclusion within movements, armed struggles and mainstream politics in the period between the 1970s and the present day’”

Netsanet Gebremichael (PI), Aklile Solomon (PI)

This project examines Ethiopian women’s resistance to political subjectivities, their forms of inclusion and exclusion.  The project examines the ways in which women are represented in mainstream politics. It aims to account on discriminatory practice they face even when they are part of the political space. It focuses on the experiences of women involved in state-created domains of power – such as Parliament and diplomatic leadership – as well as those whose resistance has taken shape in the context of other political spaces, such as Ethiopian student movement of the 19760s-70s, armed rebel struggles of the 1980s, and ethnic-based youth protests today. In analysing multiple threads of resistance by women, across different times and political spaces, the project will engage with the ideas and practice of politics which that have shaped women’s response and resistance to forms of exclusion. It will also ask how central or otherwise the question of women’s political inclusion has been in Ethiopia’s historical and contemporary political struggles.

Netsanet Gebremichael is a researcher at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, having completed her PhD at Makerere Institute of Social Research in Uganda.

Aklile Solomon (@aklile_solomon) has a background in Human Rights, having completed her LLM in Human Rights Law from Central European University with a specialization in international justice. Her research interests include transitional justice, human rights, and counter-terrorism, with gender as a cross-cutting issue. She also works to advocate for women’s rights and equality.