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Ethiopia: New Report Unveils Alternative Policy to Transform Economies, Make Gender Equality a Reality "Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights" launches in seven cities A major report from UN Women, released today in seven locations globally, brings together human rights and economic policymaking to call for far-reaching changes to the global policy agenda that will transform economies and make women's rights, and equality, a reality. It takes an in-depth look at what the economy would look like if it truly worked for women, for the benefit of all. Progress makes the case that the alternative economic agenda it outlines would not only create fairer societies, it would also create new sectors of employment, for instance in the care economy. The report is being published as the international community comes together to define a transformative new agenda for sustainable development and 20 years after the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, which set out an ambitious agenda to advan


Nestled in the turbulent Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent modern nation-state and second most populous. Discourse on Ethiopia has traditionally revolved around poverty, conflict, disease, and famine, yet in recent years it has experienced considerable economic growth, making it amongst “ Africa’s top performing economies, ” and the country has also made significant progress on several of the  United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals . Furthermore, regional political maneuvers and ambitions have seen Ethiopia touted as “ Africa’s Next Hegemon. ” Although these developments are widely heralded within the new Ethiopian narrative, other critical issues have often been overlooked. For example, while Ethiopia’s economic “miracle” has been much celebrated, it remains the second poorest country in the world according to the  United Nations Development Programme  and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative’s Multidimensional Poverty Index , the country

Being poor doesn’t mean you can’t skate

SWERVING around potholes and speeding through chaotic traffic makes skateboarding the crowded streets of Ethiopia’s capital a risky game. Yet, growing numbers of fans are taking up this once unknown sport in Addis Ababa and attracting the support of skateboarders worldwide. In the bustling market district of Shiro Meda, gangs of children rattle down the hills, flipping boards painted in the colours of Ethiopia — green, yellow and red — as they show off the latest tricks they’ve learnt. It’s a tough area and skateboarding offers moments of fun and escape for the young people living here. “There’s nothing for the kids in the neighbourhood, nothing to inspire them,” said Israel Dejene, founder of a local skateboarding group, who said he was inspired by watching children slide down the pavements with bits of plastic fixed to the bottom of their shoes for fun. “These skate sessions are the only positive thing they can do,” added Israel, who named his Megabiskate project after th

Libya: The world's 'smuggler state'

Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media caption Relief for these migrants as they are freed after 48 hours hiding in a hay-bale truck By a checkpoint outside the Libyan city of Misrata, a truck full of hay-bales is opened by border guards and a badly-kept secret is revealed. Inside are women and children, and men too. Fifty people, migrants, in each truck, smuggled across the desert. They had been inside for two days without food or water, some almost suffocated. Abdul Rahim thought he would die. He has since been transferred to a Libyan jail. Abdul Rahim says he was treated like cargo "I paid 3,570 Libyan dinar (£1,700; $2,600) to be smuggled," he told me. "We were treated like cargo, the smugglers took a cut at every step." People smugglers don't take too kindly to enquiries about their business but, after weeks of searching, one agreed to speak to me if he cou