Kedija Mustaf, Meseret Kassie Desta, Yemisrach Agegnehu, Atsede Desta Tegegne, Melishew Mitiku Gebrie, Selamawit Zewdie Yenesew

Displacement has become a chronic challenge in Ethiopia; internally displaced people reach 1.5 million in 2019. This project used a mixed-methods approach to examine internal displacement resulting from ethnic conflict, particularly as it relates to and affects women and children in north-west Ethiopia. The aim of the research was three-fold: (1) to contribute to global comparative research on age- and gender-based experiences of conflict; (2) to support and strengthen the development and delivery of local humanitarian responses; and (3) to provide counselling and support to women and children displaced by conflict in north-west Ethiopia. Preliminary findings were presented at an all-women conference in September 2019, organised by Setaweet (Ethiopia’s leading feminist organisation). The team plans to publish their final research findings, and to engage with governmental bodies to advocate for the safety and rights of women and children dispossessed by violent conflict.

About the team

The team are all members of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Gondar, and bring a variety of academic and teaching expertise, for example in the fields of language and literature, gender and development studies, geography and environmental studies, and population studies.