Public should support efforts towards empowering women: First Lady

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Addis Ababa, 14 December 2013 (WIC) - First Lady Roman Tesfaye said the public should support efforts being carried out to empower women in economic and social areas.
While opening a trade fair organized by National Women's Self Help Group held here Thursday, the First Lady said women can contribute significantly to the economic development of the country if they get equal chance.
She urged government agencies and development partners to support efforts carried out to empower women thereby help them contribute to the country’s overall development.
The First Lady has also urged women to organize themselves with a bid to maximize their social and economic benefits. Group Board Chairperson Mulugeta Gebru on his part said organizing women is important in a bid to help them actively participate in the development endeavors.
The Group is striving to maximize the benefits of women by organizing and engage them in income generating activities, he said.
Women organized in micro and small enterprises have managed to save over 60 million Birr in 137,000 women self help groups established across the country.
He said efforts exerted to organize women and engage them in income generating activities in Oromia, Afar, Somali, Benishangul Gumuz and South Ethiopia Peoples' State are successful.
According to ENA, the three-day trade fair showcased the benefits of being organized and achievements women gained so far.

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