Human Rights in Ethiopia: An Assessment on the Law and Practice of Women's Rights

Endalcachew Bayeh
2015 Humanities and Social Sciences  
Historically, women had been subjected to serious marginalization in the male dominated patriarchal society. Discriminatory and stereotyped cultural practices accompanied by weak legal frameworks had a significant place in the women's suffer. The current regime of Ethiopia has been aggressively working in the revision and enactment of several laws and policies so as to ensure the protection of the rights of women. Nevertheless, the change brought has not been satisfactory. The deeply rooted
more » ... e deeply rooted stereotype perception and bad cultural practices remained to pose challenges in the protection and promotion of women's rights. Besides, lack of uniformity among family laws of the country continues to contribute for the domination of women. Moreover, lack of capacity of women's institutional machineries has also contributed to the prevailing problems. Thus, though the laws of the country are informed by the principle of gender equality women are still subject to serious violations of their rights. The study, therefore, calls for strong commitment of the government in the practical implementation of women's rights, to modify such bad culture to be friendly with women's rights and to build the capacity of women's institutional machineries.
doi:10.11648/j.hss.20150302.13 fatcat:b735lbbjeff3tmpykaau67qt2a