Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, President of the Addis Ababa University, H.E. Ms Laila Bokhari, State Secretary, and H.E. Andreas Gaarder, Ambassador of Norway to Ethiopia, at the Addis Ababa University. 
Photo: UN.Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, President of the Addis Ababa University, H.E. Ms Laila Bokhari, State Secretary, and H.E. Andreas Gaarder, Ambassador of Norway to Ethiopia, at the Addis Ababa University. Photo: UN

Gender Equality, Health and Education on the Agenda for State Secretary Visit to Ethiopia

State Secretary Laila Bokhari visited Ethiopia and the African Union on 28 and 29 November. During her visit, Bokhari opened two conferences and visited the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities and the Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic at the Addis Ababa University. She had bilateral meetings and also met with Norwegian NGOs, UN-organizations and African Union officials.

FK Norway Partnership Forum

On 28 November, FK Norway (Fredskorpset) arranged a partnership forum in Addis Ababa, where collaborations in Ethiopia and elswhere were presented. State Secretary Laila Bokhari, Ambassador Mr. Andreas Gaarder and Ethiopia's State Minister of Education, Dr. Kaba Urgessa, all attended the event. In her speech to the audience, Bokhari, emphasized the importance of FK's work through which many young people have the opportunity to participate in rewarding exchange programmes across the world.

Read more about the forum in Ethio Dailypost:

http://www.ethiodailypost.com/…/norway-fk-partnership-forum…

 Many people gathered at Desalegn Hotel on Monday to attend the FK Partnerhsip Forum. From the left: Director of FK, Nita Kapoor, State Secretary Laila Bokhari, State Minister of Education Dr. Kaba Urgessa and the Ambassador to Ethiopia, Andreas Gaarder.

Many people gathered at Desalegn Hotel on Monday to attend the FK Partnerhsip Forum. From the left: Director of FK, Nita Kapoor, State Secretary Laila Bokhari, Sformer tate Minister of Education Dr. Kaba Urgessa and the Ambassador to Ethiopia, Andreas Gaarder. Photo: RNE/FBL

Joint Norwegian-Ethiopian Conference on Health and Higher Education

The Royal Norwegian Embassy and Oslo University Hospital arranged a Conference on Health and Higher Education in Addis Ababa in cooperation with Oslo University Hospital 29 November. The Conference was opened by State Secretary Laila Bokhari, from The Ministry of Foreign affairs in Norway and Haile Gebrselassie whose presentation was called: «When running makes a difference». The audience of 140 people representing various Norwegian-Ethiopian institutional collaborations in health and higher education, wholeheartedly received both Laila Bokharis and Haile Gebrselassies inspired contributions to the conference. The Moderator, Dr. Kjell Magne Kiplesund from the Nordic Medical Center in Addis Abeba, led the Conference steady through the multiple presentations showcasing the scope of Ethio-Norwegian collaboration. Dr. Kiplesund winded up the conference by quoting Winston Churchill: “Do it today”.

Read the press release form the conference: Click here

More news about the conference:

https://newafricanmagazine.com/joint-norwegian-ethiopian-conference-on-health-and-higher-education/

State Secretary Laila Bokhari, olympic gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie and Norwegian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Andreas Gaarder, were all present at Desalegn Hotel to praise and promote Ethio-Norwegian health cooperation.

State Secretary Laila Bokhari, olympic gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie and Norwegian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Andreas Gaarder, were all present at Desalegn Hotel to praise and promote Ethio-Norwegian health cooperation. Photo: RNE/FBL

Bilateral Meetings –Ethiopia

On the bilateral side, state secretary Bokhari met with Ambassador Berhane Ghebrecristos, advisor to the Prime Minister on regional affairs and migration. Issues of discussion included the domestic political situation in Ethiopia, including the state of emergency, regional stability and cooperation with regards to migration and job creation. The state secretary emphasized the need for a comprehensive political dialogue in order to secure long-term stability and development in Ethiopia. Further, the state secretary met with the newly appointed Minister for Women’s and Children’s Affairs, Ms. Demitu Hambisa. The two discussed Norway’s engagement to strengthen gender equality in Ethiopia, and Ethiopia’s policies and ambitions in this field.

 

African Union

On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day 29 November, State Secretary Laila Bokhari met with AUs Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Bineta Diop. Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa was on the agenda. They paid tribute to all women working for equality and human rights around the world.

 

Norwegian Delegtion Pays Visit to Intereventions Supported by UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme

A Norwegian delegation led by H.E. Ms Laila Bokhari, State Secretary, and H.E. Andreas Gaarder, Ambassador of Norway to Ethiopia, on November 28 visited the resource center for students with disabilities and the Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic set up at the Addis Ababa University.

 The center and the clinic are funded by the Norwegian Government through the support to the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Right-Based Approach to Adolescent and Youth Development.

The clinic provides Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services for HIV/AIDS as well as pregnancy testing for female students, followed by care and support. The resource center for students with disabilities is equipped with 42 computers with internet connections and a reading room benefiting about 400 students with disability.

Students with disabilities in the university face many barriers to information about HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health issues, and gender based violence. The resource center is contributing to lowering many of these barriers increasing the capacity of students with disabilities to handle a wide range of activities independently.

During the visit H.E. Ms. Bokhari mentioned that improving access of students to gender sensitive Reproductive Health information and services was critical to enable them overcome challenges related particularly to HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health issues.

Dr. Admasu Tsegaye, President of the Addis Ababa University, noted during the visit that the resource center was playing an important role in upgrading the capacity of the university and was instrumental in fulfilling the information needs of disadvantaged students, especially those with disabilities.

The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Right-Based Approach to Adolescent and Youth Development is in its second phase of implementation spanning the years 2014 to 2017. The programme is implemented in 30 selected Woredas (districts) located in five regions and in Addis Ababa, 16 higher education institutions and 100 secondary high schools. The interventions aim at enhancing adolescent and young people's capacity, making it possible for them to claim their rights and access an integrated package of youth-friendly services.

Students with disabilities in the university face many barriers, the resource center is contributing to lowering many of these. Photo: UN 


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