Our Work

What We Do


Writing our Rights

Setaweet published peer-reviewed academic articles on gender and Ethiopian women broadly related to exclusion, politics of intimacy and motherhood, narratives, intersectional, gendered identities as well as representation by women researchers across the country.




The #ምንለብሳነበር (#WhatSheWore) exhibited clothes worn by rape survivors at the time of their sexual assault, accompanied by the stories from the survivor themselves. The exhibition was held at Addis Ababa, Gondar, Wolaita, and Dire Dawa.


TV Show


MeQenet is our one hour long research-based television that looks at diverse issues plaguing the Ethiopian society through a gender lens. It focuses on examining different forms of oppression that exit simultaneously because of the person’s identity. For instance, a poor woman faces oppression/ challenges because of her class and gender, not just by her gender or class.These forms of oppression can’t exist separately in a person’s life; rather they intersect and cause a bigger hurdle for said person. Thus, MeQenet looks at various researched topics through the eyes of gender and other forms of oppressions that intersect with gender.




Gendershops project aims to create a critical shift in consciousness regarding gender norms within highschools in order to reduce the school community’s tolerance to Gender-Based Violence.


Call Center

Alegnta 6388

Alegnta 6388 is a free of charge Gender-Based Violence hotline that provides in-depth counseling and referral services for gender-based violence. After hosting the #WhatSheWore exhibition Setaweet has been approached by scores of survivors who visit the office, call or send messages over email or Facebook with the desire to discuss their experiences 



Scholar Program

The Ethiopian Women Scholars Program supported a team of Ethiopian female researchers from five different universities around Ethiopia with research, academic writing skills, mentorship, and coaching.This program was run by Setaweet in collaboration with the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People and SOAS, University of London. From a poll of applicants, female scholars were picked and offered a grant from 1,000 – 5,000 UKP, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to undertake their research.


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Arif Abat

Setaweet and our partners at the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted #AriffAbbat (‘Great Dad’) photo competition and exhibition in December 2017 at Addis Ababa Museum, and #AriffAbbat 2.0 in March 2019 in Mekelle City. The exhibitions were organized by the Setaweet in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy. The exhibitions brought together photos of Ethiopian fathers with their Swedish counterparts. 



Setaweet’s Mini-Library

Setaweet with the help of donors has set up a Mini-Library with books that explore culture, history, politics, oppression and so forth.We at Setaweet believe that access to information, knowledge, history and culture is crucial to all human beings, especially often-marginalized groups such as women and girls. You can become a member and start borrowing books by either paying 50 birr or donating a book.Our mini-library is open to everyone. Be a member and get your amazing book.

Combating violence

Acid Attack Campaign 

Setaweet considers acid attack as a special and new form of violence that is currently on the rise. Regarding this issue, the Setaweet team has played a key role in bringing media attention to the recent cases – that of Meseret Nigussie, Atsede Nigussie (no relation), Chaltu Abdi and Melat Tessema.Setaweet has successfully run a campaign named #Chaltu_Lemin_Motech (#why_did_chaltu_die), after Chaltu Abdi, a 14-year old who died in August 2018 from third-degree burns by an unidentified liquid. The campaign is supported by a nation-wide petition to show the support from our community for a better consideration by the law for acid attacks.Setaweet also held fund-raisers to support Meseret and Atsede in 2017, who are victims of acid attack.Furthermore, Setaweet presented a Shadow report titled “ Gender at the juncture of Political Reform” to the Ethiopian criminal justice working group that has been working on changing the procedural law of Ethiopia with the title "The case for reforming criminal procedure laws on gender based violence".