The Ethiopian Women Scholars Support programme was initiated in January 2019 as a partnership between Setaweet, an Ethiopian feminist movement, and the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People (GRNPP) based at SOAS University of London. The Ethiopian Women Scholars’ Support programme aims to support the scholarship of Ethiopian women academicians by providing essential academic and technical support, and by awarding research grants to highly talented women researchers across the country.
Loza Tsegaye, who is managing the project on behalf of Setaweet, has worked tirelessly with various universities across Ethiopia and with the National Women Academicians’ Network to introduce the aims of the project, and encourage research proposal submissions by Ethiopia’s women researchers. We received fifteen proposals, on topics ranging from women’s political leadership, the role of policy-makers in addressing child marriage, and the gendered effects of displacement. Following careful review, we were delighted to award a Small Grant funding to five research teams, and a Medium Grant to a further team that is studying the historical and contemporary resistance of Ethiopian women to political exclusion.