Our Work

What We Do


Writing our Rights

Ethiopian academia is dominated by the voices of men and most research produced focuses on issues that only men deem to be important. Moreover, academic research about gender is non-existent because gender as a category of difference is not sufficiently politicized. This has resulted in gender inequality issues and the impacts that follow are insufficiently investigated. The scarcity in academic research and publishing has also created gaps in Ethiopian women’s learning and critical engagement towards 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 toll-free Gender-Based Violence hotline that provides in-depth counseling and referral services for survivors of rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, marital rape, acid attack, forced confinement, forced marriage, verbal/psychological abuse, child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) cyber bullying, and trafficking.


Scholar Program

The Ethiopian Women Scholars Program is run by Setaweet in collaboration with the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People and SOAS, University of London. Scholars will be offered a grant ranging from 1,000 – 5,000 UKP, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Setaweet team will support applicants from five universities around Ethiopia with research and academic writing skills, mentorship and coaching. Grantees will research on one of these topics – culture of representation, history of exclusion and instability, imagining deeper democracy through media and arts and the relationship between parliaments, elected politicians and Ethiopian society. The outcome of the research is expected to make an impact in advancing academic engagement in terms of gender equality in Ethiopia, and will be shared at an academic conference in September 2019.

RedefiningTraditional Maculinity

Arif Abat

Setaweet and our partners at the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted #AriffAbbat (‘Great Dad’) photo competition and exhibition in December 2017 which in encouraging active fatherhood, brought together photos of Ethiopian fathers with their Swedish counterparts.

Museum Exhibition

What She Wore

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