Set wode maed bet
Wond wode segenet”
By Esubalew Dires
This is an Amharic proverb of Ethiopians’ which is equivalent to “Let women go to their kitchen, but men to the court.”
It is a wrong traditionally saying/quote that its explicit meaning is to mean women are poor in decision making but they are limited to domestic activities of cooking food, rearing children, fetching water etc. For many years, women were highly discouraged by the stereotypes developed through varied culture of our society. Though the role of women in and outside home takes a lion’s share, it is difficult to conclude they are benefited from the results gained equally and equitably in economical, social, political and cultural advancements.
ORDA, one of the major strategic partners of development in the region, is a gender sensitive organization working on benefiting women in each programs and projects. Since the country is at a crucial time to complete those millennium development goals and the GTP, ORDA is playing a pivotal role to achieve developmental agendas on natural, water resource, food security and agricultural development, business development and action research and gender, youth and HIV/AIDS. In the same token, many women beneficiaries are grateful to ORDA and they witnessed the organization, in its effort, is participating women in developmental activities.
Gender analysis practical session in groups
To better achieve its targets, employees who withdrew from different programs and projects of ORDA participated in “Gender Training” which was offered from 8-12 April 2014 at Woreta town.
W/ro Mintiwab Belay, ORDA Gender Officer, gave the training emphasizing on “gender concepts, terminologies and gender analysis” for the last five consecutive days. During the training the officer said training for gender equality enhances knowledge and skills, while providing techniques and resources to improve the performance and quality of our actions to bring about positive changes for all and create an equitable and peaceful society. Ato Nuruhussen Muhammed, HIV/AIDS officer, on his part presented the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS at global, national and particularly regional level. He also noted that HIV/AIDS should be recognized as a work place issue, and be treated like any other serious illness/condition in the work place. This is necessary not only because it affects the workforce, but also the work place. As part of its efforts to the national multi-sectoral response, ORDA seeks to formulate an organizational HIV/AIDS policy to safeguard the staff from the pandemic and the associated stigma and discrimination, he said.
Among the trainees, Ato Misganaw Maeregu, Bugna project officer claimed that gender training helped him develop his knowledge and capacitate to working closely with colleagues for the betterment of women livelihoods in programs and projects of ORDA.
Message from the Executive Director of ORDA
It is my honor to represent ORDA (Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara) in the event of closing its 3rd SPM, but as the same time launching the 4th SPM. Every time ORDA designs its SPM, it opens up a new chapter that helps to maintain its dynamism. It has to remain vibrant to respond to the dynamic global environment, the unwavering national and regional priority of transformation and the ever unmet demands of the community. With all these, ORDA renewed its commitment to be ORDA is ORDA; optimistic, reliable, dynamic and accountable.
ORDA is an indigenous NGO established in February 1984 by committed Ethiopians to challenge the challenges of life, exacerbated by protracted civil war and the worst ever drought and famine in the history of the country. While celebrating its 30th year anniversary, ORDA focuses on Livelihood and Environment Security. So far, it has reached 3.5 million people living in 80 districts of the region through its various interventions that include watershed management, reforestation, biodiversity conservation, alternative energy, potable water supply, hygiene & sanitation, small scale irrigation, horticulture development, integrated food security, productive safety net, maternal & child nutrition, marketing & IGA, with mainstreaming of gender and HIV/AIDS.
With the support our funding partners & allies, with the engagement of government stakeholders at the different levels, and with active participation of the community who is the prime responsible to change its situation, we believe we contributed to the changes happening in the lives of people. Yet, there is a long, tough and rough road we all need to tighten our belt to drive the bumpy road fast and safe in order to realize the transformation of our communities, our region and the nation at large.
Those years were a learning and experiment years, now we have to scale up all the good achievements if we are to get out of the deep trench of poverty and make our transformation real. Now more than ever, we need to inspire each other to unleash the potential we all have; leaders, experts and most importantly the community. We have to make a paradigm shift of depending much on our own internal capability and potential, while external supports are indispensible to fuel up the change we intend to make. We truly believe in the power of people in making miracles; in our own history in the battle of Adwa, the South Korean experience of making their dreadful poverty history and many more… So we are determined to take our share to make our outrageous poverty history with the support of all our allies like it has been before and by playing our role rigorously more than ever.
The 4th SPM focuses on the existing three and one new thematic focus areas which are: natural resources development, water resources development, food security & agricultural development, and rural diversification with special focus on women and youth employment. More importantly it will continue to mainstream gender, HIV/AIDS, youth, nutrition, disability, disaster reduction and climate change for its commitment to promote inclusiveness, which is a solid foundation for a just and sustainable development.
I therefore, humbly call up on our partners and allies to continue their unreserved support to the people of Amhara, to our government stakeholders to appreciate the deep commitment of ORDA to support the regional effort so that everyone will embrace ORDA more than ever. And proudly, to all my colleagues; who are the army and fighters at the forefront of poverty who made me to speak in front of you, to make your focus on program quality and impact on the lives of people with the spirit of efficient resources utilization, cooperation with local government, empower the community, and demonstration of accountability. Above all, to the community and all our constituency, to take your drivers’ seat, your lead role in the development of your community and your people. Our role is just a small one to complement your huge effort. Yet, we all need to play our role and make a good team player in the fight against poverty!!
Together we can make a difference!!!
Thank you so much.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:31)