UN Women ESA Regional Director Dr. Maxime Houinato visited Ethiopia from 11-15 July 2022 to provide strategic guidance to the Ethiopia Country Office, Liaison Office and development partners on the regional priorities and commitments of UN Women.
The mission also aimed to ensure UN Women’s partnership with the African Union and relevant UN system partners on the continental agenda of women, peace and security, humanitarian action and women’s financial inclusion.
Discussions on strategic entry points and important levers for successful implementation of key global intergovernmental and normative frameworks on gender equality and women’s empowerment were among the key specific objectives of the mission.
The mission gave Dr. Maxime the opportunity to share her vision for leadership with UN Women Ethiopia staff and Liaison Offices and solicit senior management views on how best UN Women can leverage partnerships, resources and existing programmatic and organizational frameworks to achieve transformational impact.
at national, regional and continental level.
Dr. Maxime’s mission began with a bilateral meeting with the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Ms. Worknesh Mekonnen.
The two discussed changes in the leadership and governance of the UN Women representation in Ethiopia, AU and ECA and the UN Country Team (UNCT) accountability on gender and the potential for inter-agency initiatives.
Dr. Maxime met with development partners who are contributing to the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment work through the UN Women Liaison Office with AU and ECA and the Ethiopia Country Office.
During the meeting, he welcomed their contributions to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ethiopia and encouraged them, wherever possible, to adopt more integrated support across all thematic areas, thereby catalyzing transformative change across all areas of life.
Dr. Maxime spoke with UNDP Regional Service Center Director, Dr. Stan Nkwain, and Gender Program Advisor and Team Leader, Ms. Odette Kabaya, about joint priorities for collaboration between UN Women and UNDP, and renewed commitment to collaboration.
At the African Union Commission’s Directorate for Women, Gender and Youth, she spoke with Prudence N.
Ngwenya, Acting Director, and Dr. Tapiwa Uchizi Nyasulu Rweyemamu, Head of the Women and Gender Policy and Development Division for affirm UN Women’s commitment to ongoing collaborations.
Dr. Maxime also had a fruitful meeting with His Excellency Mr. Tagesse Chafo, Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on strategic partnerships and important levers for successful implementation of normative and intergovernmental frameworks.
key global issues on gender equality and empowerment.
The Regional Director also had a bilateral meeting with HE Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma, Minister of State for Political and Economic Diplomacy to discuss UN Women’s representation in Ethiopia and thanked the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the unwavering support to UN operations.
women in the country.
At the conclusion of his five-day mission in Ethiopia, the Regional Director witnessed the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mr. Schadrack Dusabe, Officer-in-Charge of the UN Women Country Office in Ethiopia, and H.E. Mr. Dr. Ergogie Tesfaye, Minister for Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA).
The MoU includes a joint 4-year framework in support of the implementation of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Priorities as part of the 10-Year Outlook Plan of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Before the signing, HE the Minister held a bilateral discussion with the UN Women ESA Regional Director on issues of common interest to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ethiopia.
In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Dr. Maxime reiterated UN Women’s commitment to the Government of Ethiopia and the MoWSA to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment are realized despite bottlenecks.
natural and man-made.