Commission working to ensure rights of women in emerging states

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Addis Ababa, 3 September 2014 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said it is working to ensure the rights of women in emerging regional states and improve their access to legal services.    

The Commission has been working in those areas to increase knowledge and understanding of local communities about rights of women and girls, said Asmaru Berihun commissioner for children and women.    

The Commission is working in collaboration with those universities found in those areas and NGOs to increase knowledge of the society and improve the women's access to legal services, he said.    

There is a project being undertaken in collaboration with UN Women in the four emerging states, namely Afar, Somali, Gambella and Benshangul Gumuz to ensure the rights of women.    

The project which was launched at the end of 2004E.C, is aimed at raising knowledge of the public about the rights of women enshrined in the constitution and provide legal service for the women, Asmaru said.    

The Commission is working closely with Semera and Jijiga universities and Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, he added.    

Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association Director Zenaye Tadese on her part said the Association is working together with the Commission to provide legal services to women.    

The Association has been providing free pro bono legal services for women in Gambella and Benishangul regional states through the project.

Justice Minister Getachew Ambaye said support is being provided for the emerging states to enable them learn from best practices of other states in this regard. (ENA)