About EMWA

Establishment Background

Ethiopian Media Women Association (EMWA) is non-partisan, non-for-profit association established by likeminded women journalists and media professionals. EMWA came in to existence in 1996. Following a series of informal discussion with the help of Mr. Bob Hansen, the former second secretary of the Netherlands Embassy, the forum established in 1997. At the same time, a workshop was organized by USIS for female journalists which Wz. Tabotou W/Michael took the initiative to organize that workshop facilitated by a VOA journalist, Ms.Memuna. Several journalists and communications officers in government and private media and local and international organizations were in attendance of this historical workshop. Immediately following series of informal discussions, the media women forum established in 1997, and subsequently EMWA got its legal entity from the Ministry of Justice in 1999.

EMWA ones was a renowned Association, which worked for its members, on media and women related issues. However, following the Charities and Societies Proclamation No. 621/2009, EMWA became almost non existence. It is because that EMWA initially registered as Ethiopian Societies which should get its 90% income from local resources. Its status had bad consequence that EMWA's income sources cut down; it was forced to terminate its activities and to end the contract of its 12 permanent staff members.

Realizing the effect its status exerted, the General Assembly decided to change the Association's category and re-register it as Ethiopian resident society and has got its renewal from Charities and Societies Agency on February 5, 2013 with registration No.0704. This allows EMWA to generate its 90% income from abroad.

Since 1999, EMWA has been working towards the realization of its objectives by implementing various projects and programs. In its pervious objectives, EMWA was working on raising the skills of media professionals and practitioners, enabling women to own and become beneficiary of alternative and community media, creating gender sensitive media in Ethiopia, improving women access and participation in the media, improving the image of women in the media, taking the media as a target and representation of women in the media as well as the public's perspective. However, following to the CSA's proclamation, its current status obliged to have limited focus areas.


EMWA's major objectives are:

  • Raising and empowering members’ professional skills;
  • Increasing members’ access and participation in the media;
  • Supporting members to own and/or benefit from alternative/community media;
  • Enhancing members' economic and social benefits;
  • Conducting researches on members' professional, economic and social participation, and
  • Encouraging interested women to join media profession.


EMWA is a vibrant professional association aspiring to create professionally skilled, educated and confident Ethiopian women media practitioners who can bring a difference both nationally and internationally.


EMWA's mission is to support women media practitioners through capacity building, and to increase their involvement in managerial positions and the media.

Association's Values

  • Participation and Engagement
  • Faithfulness
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Impartiality
  • Professional Ethics
  • Fairness and equity
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency and effectiveness
  • Gender equity


The association works through which it provides:

  • Capacity building for member journalists and media practitioners;
  • Develop guidelines and resources on gender and media issues;
  • Solicit scholarships for members;
  • Conduct researches and studies on women media practitioners, Ethiopian women’s representation in, and their access, to media;
  • Advance professional freedom, excellence and ethical conduct among its members, and
  • Create networks with national and international media houses, women professional organizations and other organizations working with/for women.