08 March 2019, Addis Ababa – ATA Staff and leadership once again came together to mark the International Women’s Day (March 08) under the theme “Better for Balance”. The occasion involved remarks, panel discussion, and a question and answer session, not to mention fundraising.
The ATA CEO, Khalid Bomba, made a remark representing the entire ATA team. In his remarks, Khalid said “everyone has a part to play, all the time – everywhere” stressing the importance of an inclusive approach to tackling gender issues. “In ATA gender mainstreaming is something we don’t compromise. This occasion, therefore, is just a refrain to remind us to keep the momentum,” he underscored.
The occasion involved invited speaker as well aws a question and answer session that served as edutainment.
W/ro Yihualeshet Ygizu an entrepreneur woman in Agribusiness shared her experience and thoughts regarding some of the challenges and opportunities women face in Agribusiness. “Doing business for women is not an easy task. Particularly, access to finance and lack of business training are some of the main challenges for women. However, a project such as the ATA Agribusiness Accelerator Platform is helping women in business to do well,” W/ro Yihualeshet noted. “Women are strong, wise, intelligent and can achieve any business in parallel with balancing their work and life ” She added.
ATA promotes gender equality at the workplace. To facilitate the working women, the gender working committee has introduced Women Mentorship Program in ATA HQ in a bid to drive gender parity. The ATA plans to extend such facility to its provincial offices also.