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Maya Misikir

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About Maya
Maya Misikir is a seasoned freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a rich background in both print and broadcast media, including radio and television. Her work primarily focuses on Ethiopian politics, civil rights, and social issues, and she is known for her insightful coverage of current affairs for Voice of America (VOA). In addition to her reporting for VOA, Maya contributes in-depth analysis to various other publications, demonstrating her versatility and commitment to thorough journalism.

Her reporting has shed light on the progress and challenges of women's political participation in Ethiopia, delving into the roles that societal norms and institutional support play in achieving gender parity and empowerment. Maya's dedication to civil rights is evident in her work, which often explores the intersection of politics and social justice.

Maya's journalistic expertise extends to covering significant events such as the Ethiopian civil war, where she has reported on the peace agreement and the disarmament of Tigrayan forces. She has also examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Tigray conflict on Ethiopia's tourism industry, highlighting the country's efforts to rejuvenate this sector through cultural events like the Epiphany festival. Her comprehensive reporting provides audiences with a nuanced understanding of the complexities facing Ethiopia today.
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Ethiopian Entrepreneur Awarded for App That Helps Refugees Find Work

10 Oct 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Eden Tadesse, an Ethiopian app inventor, was awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for creating Invicta, an app that connects refugees with employers. The app has helped 2,500 refugees find jobs and 7,000 continue their education. The award was presented at a ceremony in New York, attended by global leaders. Invicta assesses refugee applications, provides training, and introduces them to companies. Eden was inspired to create the app after seeing the potential of refugees in a camp. The Goalkeepers Initiative, which gave the award, aims to showcase progress and inspire those making a difference.

Ethiopian Civil Society Groups Issue Call for Peace

06 Sep 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Civil society organizations in Ethiopia, including the Ethiopian Human Rights Council and the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia, have called for a peaceful resolution to the country's conflicts. Over the past year, more than 1,000 political conflicts have been reported, leading to deaths, displacements, and human rights violations. A nationwide peace convention is proposed to address and prevent conflicts. Despite peace talks with the Oromo Liberation Army, no agreement has been reached.

Ethiopia: Japan, Ethiopia to Work On Black Sea Grain Deal Resumption

04 Aug 2023  |  allAfrica.com
Japan's foreign minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, during his visit to Ethiopia, expressed hope for collaboration with Ethiopia on resuming the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which was terminated by Russia. The initiative had previously facilitated the export of over 262 metric tons of wheat to Ethiopia, addressing severe food insecurity exacerbated by climate shocks and conflict. Hayashi also reiterated Japan's support for the peace agreement in Ethiopia's Tigray region. Ethiopia's deputy prime minister, Demeke Mekonnen, highlighted their productive discussions and commitment to strengthening political, economic, and social partnerships. Hayashi's visit to Ethiopia concluded his six-nation tour of Southwest Asia and Africa.

Rebel Group Accuses Ethiopian Government of Attacks Despite Peace Talks

17 May 2023  |  voanews.com
The Oromo Liberation Army has accused Ethiopian federal troops of launching attacks in the Oromia region, contradicting the de-escalation understanding from preliminary peace talks in Tanzania. Despite no formal agreement, both parties had expressed commitment to peace. The OLA reported intense fighting and various crimes by troops, including burning homes and sexual violence. The conflict has persisted for four years, displacing thousands. The Ethiopian government has not responded to the accusations, and the OLA has stated it will not accept a political settlement under military pressure.

Ethiopian Journalist Melkamsew Puts Women At Show's Heart

16 May 2023  |  allafrica.com
Ethiopian journalist Melkamsew Solomon hosts a weekly radio program called Yimechish, which means 'You go, girl' in Amharic, focusing on the lives and challenges of rural women in Ethiopia. Despite some pushback for its women-centric content, the program, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been positively received, including by male listeners. Bethlehem Negash of the Ethiopian Media Women's Association highlights the traditional lack of women's voices in Ethiopian media and notes that women comprise 30 percent of journalists in major media houses. She advocates for more female-friendly newsrooms. Yimechish, which airs on Sheger Radio, benefits from the support of its owner, a veteran woman journalist, in content production.

Ethiopia has long struggled with problems of communal friction turning into violent, ethnic conflict. Members of the two largest ethnic groups, the Oromos and Amharas, have come together to showcase traditional conflict resolution through musical drama.

Ethiopia's Tourism Sees Hope After Tigray Peace Deal

19 Jan 2023  |  Voice of America
Ethiopia's tourism industry has faced a significant downturn, losing $2 billion over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in the Tigray region. However, with a recent peace deal between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front, the Ministry of Tourism is taking steps to rejuvenate the sector. The Epiphany festival, or 'Timket', is a key event that draws visitors, including those from Germany and France. Tour guides like Henok Abebe, who had to join the regional militia during the conflict, are now seeing a glimmer of hope for increased tourism. The government is focusing on restoring flights, promoting historic sites, and attracting tourists from Africa and the Middle East.

Ethiopia’s military says Tigrayan forces have started handing over heavy weapons as part of the peace deal

11 Jan 2023  |  Voice of America
Ethiopia's military has confirmed that Tigrayan forces have begun surrendering heavy weapons as part of a peace agreement to end the two-year civil war. The handover, which included tanks, rockets, and mortars, took place at Agula camp and was observed by the African Union and military representatives from various countries. The peace deal, mediated by the AU and signed in South Africa, stipulates that the Tigray People's Liberation Army (TPLF) will disarm in exchange for humanitarian aid and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Tigray. Since the deal, Ethiopia has allowed aid into Tigray and restored essential services. There have been meetings in Nairobi to discuss the deal's implementation, and Eritrean troops have reportedly withdrawn from Tigray. However, the TPLF claims Eritrean soldiers are still present and accuses them of atrocities. Rights groups have alleged war crimes by all parties involved. The international community has welcomed the progress, but it remains uncertain what actions will be taken to address justice for the victims.

In spite of pioneering policies and progressive laws, traditional obstacles remain to a fairer representation of women in Ethiopian politics.

27 Aug 2021  |  Ethiopia Insight
The article discusses the challenges and progress of women's political participation in Ethiopia. Despite the appointment of women to high-level positions, such as the country's first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde, and the initial gender parity in the cabinet under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, traditional societal norms and a lack of institutional support continue to hinder women's political empowerment. The article highlights the experiences of women politicians and activists, the role of civil society organizations, and the impact of legal frameworks and policies on women's rights. It also touches on the use of gender quotas by political parties and the manipulation of women voters through government programs. The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association's election monitoring with a gender lens is also discussed, revealing the widespread intimidation and harassment of women in politics.

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