ADDIS ABABA, 5 June 2014 – An exhibition of leather products manufactured by micro and small production units owned by women opened today in the Ethiopian capital.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Ethiopian First Lady, Roman Tesfaye, who commended the efforts of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and other actors operating at the national and international levels for their efforts in the field of empowering women and promoting gender equality.
The event was organized by UNIDO and the Centre for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) under the patronage of the Office of the First Lady, and is part of her initiative entitled “Connecting 1,500 women and young girls to the export market”.
The State Minister of Industry, Tadesse Haile, also took part in the opening.
UNIDO is currently implementing a project that is helping upgrade the Ethiopian leather products industry and is in line with the Organization’s focus on inclusive and sustainable industrial development.
“UNIDO recognizes that gender equality and the empowerment of women have significant positive impacts on inclusive economic growth and sustainable industrial development, poverty reduction and social integration,” said Aurelia Calabrò, Chief of UNIODO’s Rural Entrepreneurship Development and Human Security Unit.
She added that the exhibition represented a good starting point for close cooperation between UNIDO and CAWEE, which works to create a globally competitive core women entrepreneurs class in Ethiopia.
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Chief, UNIDO Rural Entrepreneurship Development and Human Security Unit