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Ethiopian Women Scholars Program

The Ethiopian Women Scholars Program supported a team of Ethiopian female researchers. 

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. 

We believe the various research contributed by the female scholars was the first step in advancing academic engagement in terms of gender equality in Ethiopia, and they were shared at an academic conference in October 2019.


Grantees researched topics such as the 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.  Setaweet also conducted the 1st Annual All-Women in Ethiopian Academia Conference (AWEAC) in November 2019 with the theme “Writing Our Rights”.

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Ethiopian Women Scholars Program