This project maps women’s resistance in historical Ethiopian politics, and examines how women’s issues and womanhood have been framed since the time of the Ethiopian student movement of the 1950s-70s. The research comprises archival analysis of the Ethiopian student movement and its oral and written records, as well as the biographies, memoirs, novels, and films written and produced by its women members, and interviews with key women informants.
Dr Netsanet Gebremichael shared her mid-research findings, and her colleague Aklile Solomon Abate talked about the inception of another aspect of the project, at a workshop in December 2019. Participants provided valuable feedback on the project research themes and questions. Netsanet continues to conduct research and analysis, with a view to publishing academic articles, presenting at seminars, and curating an exhibition on the history of women’s resistance in Ethiopia.
Netsanet Gebremichael is a researcher at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, having completed her PhD at Makerere Institute of Social Research in Uganda.