Our working group with great women

Dkary works with three special groups of women located in Ethiopia, India and Peru, who since childhood have suffered from gender discrimination, lack of study, lack of job opportunities and psychological and cultural abuse.

Today I want to tell you about the women of Ethiopia and why I have decided to work and help them lead a better life, giving them support and affection. We value his great artisan work that takes a lot of dedication and time, made by hands full of delicacy, perfection and love. Every day the work they do for me is a masterpiece, something unique that a woman in the world will wear proud of her jewel and our Dkary brand.

Now I will tell you some history about them. “Since they are born, Ethiopian girls are educated so that they have a lower status and fewer rights than their siblings,” This has repercussions for the future: girls have less time to attend school because they have to do all these tasks; when they reach adolescence, they are vulnerable, and face forced marriages and other painful traditional practices; and when they become women, they have very few opportunities outside the home.

As in many cultures, Ethiopian women bear the responsibilities of family home care, as well as half of the tasks of agricultural work. It is not strange to see them on dusty and abrupt paths, traveling long distances, loaded with yellow drums in search of water, or in the middle of crops, with long skirts and a scarf around the waist, picking up the cereal, without allowing themselves to bend their knees an inch , and in many cases with a face peeking from their backs. But of course, without giving off any symptoms of tiredness, weakness or resignation.

Although Ethiopia has had a new Family Code since 2011, which guarantees the equality of women in marriage and establishes the legal age to marry at 18, according to Unicef, 40% of Ethiopian girls marry before reaching their 18 and about 20% get married before 15.

According to UNICEF statistical data, in 2013 Ethiopia ranked eleventh among the countries with the highest number of genital mutilation practices. This same body estimates that 74% of Ethiopian women have been subjected to this practice, which was declared illegal by the Ethiopian Penal Code in 2004, but which has not stopped, especially in rural areas of the country. Ethiopia is among the three countries with the most cases of sexual assault, according to the UN’s “World’s Woman 2015” report. 60% of women say they have suffered some type of abuse and close to 20% of women who responded to a survey promoted by UN Women acknowledged that their first sexual relationship was the result of rape.

However, as many women remain in the country and write their stories of resistance. Tired of this constant violation of rights, some of them became aware of their situation and began to demand equality around economic, social and political problems, both in rights and opportunities, through meetings and meetings where positions and The inequalities that Ethiopian women have to face are exposed.

As the American thinker and activist Avram Noam Chomsky says: “If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to make a better world. That is your alternative. “

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *