A feminist Movement



Setaweet Story

Setaweet feminist movement was founded in July 2014 as an informal gathering of Ethiopian women who advocated for gender equality and identified themselves as feminists. What jump-started the movement was the unfortunate reality of the sixteen-year-old girl named Hanna Lalango, who passed away on November 01, 2014, after being held captive and gang-raped by five men in Addis Ababa.

In the hopes of creating a safe space for a support network, and amplifying their marginalized voices, these feminists started to get together every second Tuesday of every month to simply share the challenges they face arising from their gender identity.

Even though the group originally included few women, the crowd gradually grew to include women from all walks of life and became known as Setaweet Circles.

Within a few months, the Setaweet circles gave birth to Setaweet Open Sessions, which are public sessions that are free to both men and women members of the public to attend.

Open Sessions and Setaweet Circle discussions started to draw attention to the need for a feminist organization that worked towards bringing women and men on equal footing. Subsequently, the social enterprise wing of the movement was established and various campaigns and activisms were undertaken.

In due course, project-based research and activism accompanied Setaweet’s identity.

The Setaweet Story is still in motion. Our activism is still changing and evolving. Nonetheless, our dedication to women’s liberation is unwavering. We want to say and prove to women that we are in this together. You are not alone!

We want to say and prove to all women that, we are in this together. You are not alone!

Our people


Pillarsof Our Work

Bedrocksof Ethiopian Feminism

Historical Feminist Action in Ethiopia and unpacking women’s traditional forms of resistance to inequality


Ongoing and contemporary articulation of Ethiopian Feminism

Ethiopian Languages,Media, and Educational

Curriculum Transformation to fuel lasting ideological changes in our country


Strategic Sisterhood and Solidarity as political, necessary, and transformative feminist action.