Lama helo wadaadow, waxaan cidi ku hawsheene!
(Ohi my people! nothing good is got for free)
– A poem by Cabdillaahi Suldaan Timacadde, 1960.
Times change. At the end of last year, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, announced a new cabinet lineup of ministers comprising of 50 percent women, and he has also been working to promote nominations to other prominent positions of women in the new Ethiopian ruling system. However, gender empowerment did not just come by chance. Ethiopia has had its sights on this evolution for a long time, working hard to make that vision a reality, focusing on education and opportunities for their daughters of today to become the powerful Ethiopian women of tomorrow.