Enhancing Respect for women’s rights: Taking advantage of social media to promote

by centerfordemocraticsociety

Women’s empowerment and promoting women’s rights have emerged as a major global movement and is continuing to break new ground. But, despite a great deal of progress, women and girls continue to face violence and discrimination in all aspects, particularly in developing countries like Ethiopia.

CDS believes that healthy, educated, and empowered women and girls are agents of change. Accordingly, our center facilitated a workshop for young female social media influencers to raise their awareness of women’s rights and capacitate them with advocacy skills so that they can use their voices effectively for their own rights on the theme “Enhancing respect for women’s rights: Taking advantage of social media to promote”

      Chaltu Hussein, Anti-Corruption and Tax Crimes Public Prosecutors at west Arsi zone

The trainer of the workshop, Chaltu Hussein,  anti-corruption and tax crimes public prosecutors at west Arsi zone, made sufficient efforts to raise awareness among participants about the concerns, the practical barriers and impediments to the advancement of women’s rights, how women’s rights are abused in the area, and the way social media can be utilized to address women’s rights violations. During the workshop, on the other hand, almost all attendees enthusiastically participated in the workshop, addressing the subject, challenges, and impediments to women’s rights advancement in the area.

Bilisumma Hussein, (on the right)              social media influencer and author.

Bilisumma Hussen was one of the participants in the workshop, and she addressed the problem that the girls themselves are making nowadays, which she thinks is greatly contributing to the violation of women’s rights. She stressed, “First of all, we (girls) should respect ourselves and our own rights to proudly ask others to respect women’s rights, right? We have to clearly know what our rights are. Be sure that freedom cannot be achieved through the psychology of dependence, and women’s rights will be respected if we stand up for ourselves.”

Amina Hayru is a fifth-year law student at Bahir Dar University, and she was the other participant in the workshop. She said, “I must say this is an eye-opening experience. The discussions and activities we are experiencing in this workshop shed light on the importance of social media in promoting and protecting women’s rights. One of the key takeaways from the workshop was the immense potential of social media to amplify the voices of women and bring attention to issues that affect them. With the click of a button, we can reach a global audience and raise awareness on issues such as gender-based violence, unequal pay, and discrimination against women.

Amina Hayru, fifth-year Law student at Bahir Dar University

Moreover, the workshop emphasized the need for utilizing social media as a tool for empowerment. We can use social media platforms to share our stories, connect with like-minded individuals, and build a support system. This can go a long way in boosting our confidence and inspiring us to stand up for our rights.

The workshop also highlighted the importance of responsible and inclusive use of social media. We must be mindful of the language we use and the images we share, as they can perpetuate harmful stereotypes and contribute to the objectification of women. By promoting positive and empowering messages, we can create a more inclusive and equal online space for women.



In conclusion, I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended this workshop. It has opened my eyes to the power of social media to promote gender equality and empower women. I believe that by utilizing this tool effectively, we can create a society where all women are respected, valued, and treated equally. Let us continue to harness the power of social media to enhance women’s rights and create a better world for all.”

Wolebe Geleto

The other participant, Wolebe Geleto, raised the challenges and impediments that girls and women are facing at the workplace. “Women have equal rights with men. Though they are often objectified and stereotyped, they face harassment and violence. Meanwhile, discrimination against women in the workplace is a serious issue that can have a significant impact on women’s careers and lives.”




Genet Habib



While, many other participants has raised interesting points which made the workshop impressive and astonishing.  Others asked CDS to frequently organize and facilitate such workshops.



In closing, CDS extends an invitation other civil society organizations working on human rights and democracy to design projects on women’s rights promotion to bring about change and realize advancements in women’s rights.


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