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Eritrean Women: The Unwavering Pillars of Society

As the world commemorates International Women’s Day on March 8th, it is crucial to acknowledge the invaluable contributions made by Eritrean women to our country’s history. From the struggle for independence to nation-building and beyond, Eritrean women have played a vital role in shaping our nation’s destiny.

Eritrean women were integral to the Eritrean People’s Liberation during the 30-year war for independence. Serving in various capacities as combatants, nurses, and administrators, they demonstrated remarkable bravery and resilience in the face of adversity. Their contributions were critical to the success of the liberation movement.

Following independence in 1991, Eritrean women continued to make significant contributions to their country’s development, assuming leadership roles in education, healthcare, and agriculture, among other sectors. Their tireless efforts were instrumental in rebuilding the country after the devastating border war with Ethiopia from 1998 to 2000.

Today, Eritrean women remain at the forefront of the ongoing struggle for democracy and good governance in their country. They are unwavering in their commitment to human rights, social justice, and equality, even in the face of immense challenges such as arrest, imprisonment, and torture.

The sacrifices of Eritrean women have been immense, and their perseverance unparalleled. Juma and Rahma, the first Eritrean women to join the armed struggle, have become symbols of the courage and resilience of Eritrean women. However, we must not forget the many Eritrean women who are currently unjustly imprisoned without trial, such as Aster Fessehazion, Miriam Hagos, Senait Debesai, Aster Yohannes, and Ciham Ali. We must continue to advocate for their release.

“The woman is the pillar of the house, and the husband is the roof.”

This proverb highlights the importance of women as the foundation of families and society. It emphasizes the fact that women provide essential support and stability in all aspects of life.

As we commemorate International Women’s Day, we must express our appreciation for the incredible contributions that Eritrean women have made to their country. We urge all Eritreans to honor the history and role of Eritrean women and work towards creating a society that respects and empowers them. We must remember the sacrifices of Eritrean women and continue to support their struggle for justice, freedom, and democracy.

In conclusion, Eritrean women have played an indispensable role in their country’s history, from the struggle for independence to the ongoing fight for democracy and good governance. They have shown remarkable courage, resilience, and perseverance in the face of significant challenges. We must continue to acknowledge their sacrifices and work towards creating a society that values and empowers women.

Happy International Women’s Day


March 8, 2023

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