“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

Ethiopian Women's Organization Founder, President and CEO

Etalemahu Fikre Taddesse and International Women leaders

Invited to South Korea for  International Women's Peace group(IWPG) and Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL) Peace Summit 2014,

From September,16 to 19, 2014 


"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success"


‹‹እየደረሰባችሁ ያለውን ሰቆቃ ለመገንዘብ ከባድ ቢሆንብንም ፈፅሞ አንዘነጋችሁም፡፡››

የ17 ዓመቷ ፓኪስታናዊት የኖቤል የሰላም ሽልማት ተሸላሚዋ ማላላ ዩሳፍዛይ፣ የዛሬ ዓመት በናይጄሪያ የሽብር ቡድን ቦኮ ሐራም የታገቱትን 200 ልጃገረዶች አስመልክቶ የተከናወነውን የመታሰቢያ ሥነ ሥርዓት አስመልክታ ከጻፈችው ደብዳቤ የተወሰደ፡፡ፓኪስታን ውስጥ በሚንቀሳቀሰው ታሊባን ጭንቅላቷን በጥይት ተመታ እንግሊዝ ውስጥ በተደረገላት ከፍተኛ የሕክምና ዕርዳታ ሕይወቷ የተረፈው ታዳጊ፣ በቦኮ ሐራም የታገቱት ልጃገረዶች በናይጄሪያ መንግሥት መሪዎችና በዓለም አቀፉ ማኅበረሰብ ችላ ተብለዋል ብላለች፡፡ እሷም እንደ በርካታ ተቆርቋሪ ሰዎች ልጃገረዶቹ ከቦኮ ሐራም ሰቆቃ እንዲላቀቁ ጫና እንደምትፈጥር ተናግራለች፡፡ ‹‹ደፋሮቹ እህቶቼ›› ያለቻቸውን የታገቱ ልጃገረዶች ዓለም አቀፉ ማኅበረሰብ ጠንክሮ ማስለቀቅ አለበት ብላለች፡፡ ‹‹እናንተ ደፋር እህቶቼ እናንተን አግኝቼ የማቅፍበት፣ አብሬያችሁ የምፀልይበትና ከቤተሰቦቻችሁ ጋር ነፃነታችሁን የማከብርበት ቀን ናፍቆኛል፤›› በማለት አጋርነቷን ገልጻለች፡፡ በምሥሉ ላይ የምትታየው ታዳጊዋ የኖቤል የሰላም ሽልማት አሸናፊዋ ማላላ ዩሱፍዛይ ናት፡፡   

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Malala Yousafzai Biography

Women's Rights Activist, Children's Activist (1997–)

As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived.

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“If I win Nobel Peace Prize, it would be a great opportunity for me, but if I don't get it, it's not important because my goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize, my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see the education of every child.”
—Malala Yousafzai


Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls' education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In  2014,  she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Early Life

On July 12, 1997, Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country's Swat Valley. For the first few years of her life, her hometown remained a popular tourist spot that was known for its summer festivals. However, the area began to change as the Taliban tried to take control.

Initial Activism

Yousafzai attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded. After the Taliban began attacking girls' schools in Swat, Malala gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan, in September 2008. The title of her talk was, "How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?"

In early 2009, Yousafzai began blogging for the BBC about living under the Taliban's threats to deny her an education. In order to hide her identity, she used the name Gul Makai. However, she was revealed to be the BBC blogger in December of that year.

With a growing public platform, Yousafzai continued to speak out about her right, and the right of all women, to an education. Her activism resulted in a nomination for the International Children's Peace Prize in 2011. That same year, she was awarded Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize.

Targeted by the Taliban

When she was 14, Malala and her family learned that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her. Though Malala was frightened for the safety of her father—an anti-Taliban activist—she and her family initially felt that the fundamentalist group would not actually harm a child.

On October 9, 2012, on her way home from school, a man boarded the bus Malala was riding in and demanded to know which girl was Malala. When her friends looked toward Malala, her location was given away. The gunman fired at her, hitting Malala in the left side of her head; the bullet then traveled down her neck. Two other girls were also injured in the attack.

The shooting left Malala in critical condition, so she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. A portion of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain. To receive further care, she was transferred to Birmingham, England.

After the Attack

Once she was in the United Kingdom, Yousafzai was taken out of a medically induced coma. Though she would require multiple surgeries—including repair of a facial nerve to fix the paralyzed left side of her face—she had suffered no major brain damage. In March 2013, she was able to begin attending school in Birmingham.

The shooting resulted in a massive outpouring of support for Yousafzai, which continued during her recovery. She gave a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, in 2013. She has also written an autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, which was released in October 2013. Unfortunately, the Taliban still considers Yousafzai a target.

 Despite the Taliban's threats, Yousafzai remains a staunch advocate for the power of education. On October 10, 2013, in acknowledgement of her work, the European Parliament awarded Yousafzai the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. That same year, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She didn't win the prize, but was named a nominee again in March 2014. In August of the same year, Leanin.Org held a live chat on Facebook with Sheryl Sandberg and Yousafzai about the importance of education for girls around the world. She talked about her story, her inspiration and family, her plans for the future and advocacy, and she answered a variety of inquiries from the social network’s users. 

In October 2014, Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. At age 17, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In congratulating Yousafzai, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequaled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described her as "a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”

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UNICEF names rapper as Ethiopia

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday appointed Abelone Melesse, a young Norwegian rap star of Ethiopian descent, as its new national ambassador to Ethiopia.“As national ambassador, Abelone will focus her outreach particularly on children and adolescents, with a special focus on girls and women,” Patrizia Di Giovanni, UNICEF’s acting Ethiopia representative, said on the occasion of the appointment.“The role of the ambassadors is to increase public awareness on the rights of children and women and of UNICEF’s work protecting those rights,” Di Giovanni added.Melesse, 20, expressed her pleasure with the appointment, saying that music had helped her become a “voice for the voiceless.”“I sing and convey messages to improve maternal health and protect the rights of children because I know Ethiopian culture; I can help the children and aspire to help the children of the world,” she said.Born of Ethiopian parents, Melesse has received extensive publicity in Ethiopia and Norway after appearing on a Norwegian talent show earlier this year.Di Giovanni said UNICEF-Ethiopia had chosen Melesse as its new ambassador because she had shown “passion and commitment” regarding UNICEF’s work and because of her ability to reach out to young audiences.UNICEF works with 30 international, 200 national and 11 regional “goodwill ambassadors” around the world, Di Giovanni noted.Source:

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