Setaweet is a home-grown and uniquely Ethiopian feminist movement which was founded in July 2014. One of the many activities she undertakes is ‘The Setaweet Circle’; this is a women-only group that meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Setaweet PLC office. Another activity is ‘Setaweet Open Sessions’; these are open to all members of the public and they feature speakers and authors discussing Ethiopian literature, as well as other aspects of Ethiopian culture from a feminist perspective. In addition to all of these, Setaweet engages extensively with mainstream media as well as social media. Setaweet, actively engages in in periodic campaigns such as #AriffAbbat (a photo competition and exhibition on active fatherhood), and #PagumeActivism on everyday sexism. Such campaigns engage the public as well as create awareness on different issues.
The custodian of the Setaweet Movement is Setaweet PLC; this is the first feminist research and training company in Ethiopia which offers tailor-made gender equality services for schools, agencies and corporate companies. The services rendered are on assertiveness, women’s leadership at the workplace, sexual harassment and Gender Based violence.
In terms of research, Setaweet is currently undertaking a ‘bedrocks’ research into the Ethiopian context for feminist work in an effort to understand the activism of previous generations, including women activists in the Students’ Movement of the 1970’s, as well as more traditional forms of resistance to inequality. Finally, in 2018, the Setaweet team will roll out its flagship ‘Gendershops’ pilot project which will equip two public secondary schools in Addis Ababa with a series of gender equality trainings based on our feminist curriculum.