Three years ago, Selamawit Adugna Bekele taught me that in her native Ethiopia, the educated woman is seen as a threat. What could she possibly make of American women challenging their own patriarchy?

By John Breunig (StamfordAdvocate) |

STAMFORD, Conn―I’m having a tough time contextualizing the breadth of the reckoning, the rise of women empowering one another and advancing the nation as they strive to banish sexual harassment.

Maybe it’s the time and the place. The former is the wake of the election of a man who was caught on tape loudly gloating about groping women. The latter is America. Suddenly, a year dominated by the daily Donald Trump scorecard has been vanquished by a movement that will have far greater influence on our culture.

Then context walked into my office.

Three years ago, Selamawit Adugna Bekele taught me that in her native Ethiopia, the educated woman is seen as a threat. What could she possibly make of American women challenging their own patriarchy?

This is not what Selamawit came to discuss. She was in Stamford in 2014 to promote funding for the Global Partnership for Education. She is back because another Replenishment Conference will be held Feb. 8 in Senegal, where the hope is to win pledges totaling $3.1 billion.

But I can’t resist trying to summon a perspective from across the globe. As a current resident of Washington, D.C., she has gazed through both sides of this window.

“For an Ethiopian that’s something we experience every single day,” she responds.

Selamawit Adugna Bekele describes girls and women facing vulgar harassment in school, at work, in the streets.

“Every single day,” she repeats.

She travels with the lesson plan that education equals power. But when it comes to such harassment in Ethiopia …

Continue reading this story at StamfordAdvocate
——
See also:


Download Sodere app and watch new full movies for free  የሶደሬ አፕልኬሽንን በማውረድ አዳዲስ ፊልሞች  በነፃ  ተመልከቱ 

Choose your platform iPhone   Android   Roku   Apple TV

                  

One Response

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.