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‘THE VANGUARD’ - Photographic Exhibition 1961 - 1991 EritreaWomen

Posted by: Yared Tesfay

Date: Saturday, 02 March 2024


On the occasion of International Women's Day 2024

Photographic Exhibition 1961 - 1991 EritreaWomen


To commemorate International Women’s Day 2024, a photographic exhibition of Eritrean women who fought for their country independence was held on 1st March at the Depot Studio in Lewes, organised by  Diversity Resource International. The photo exhibition was official opened by Carmen Slijpen, Depot Founder & Creative Director and Mebraq Ghebreweldi, Director of Diversity Resource International, The exhibition will be open for 5 days for visitors

Around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) represents an important opportunity to celebrate the tremendous progress, great achievements, and immense contributions of women, promote unity, reiterate support for and reaffirm commitment to gender-related issues, and take action to ensure equality. Each year, thousands of events, including rallies, global gatherings, conferences, awards, exhibitions, festivals, sports competitions, concerts, and more, are organized by various organizations and entities, including women’s networks, corporations, charities, educational institutions, government bodies, political parties, the media and grassroots communities.


In Eritrea, IWD is recognised as a national public holiday and many activities are planned, across villages and cities in the country and within Eritrean communities around the world. 

In honour and recognition of Eritrean women’s monumental contribution to the liberation struggle, the country undertook several significant steps after independence to formally guarantee women’s equal standing in all sectors of society. It ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (signed 20 December 1993 and ratified 3 August 1994), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (acceded 5 September 1995), and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (in 1999), and has worked diligently to implement the Beijing Platform for Action. Furthermore, Eritrea legally prohibited harmful, traditional practices, including FGM/C, child marriage, bride price, kidnappings, and dowry.

This International Women Day and every other day of the year, allow us to recognise and appreciate the key roles played by women in all sectors and begin to take tangible actions to ensure an equitable, inclusive society.

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