Culture and Tourism Sector Women Professional Forum

Women and youth afairs directorate of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Key objectives of the measure:

Cognizant of the fact that the culture and tourism sector provides employment opportunities for women and their outnumbering in participation doesn’t improve their status, empowering women (in terms of quality, creativity and rank) and bringing them to a higher level has then become the very objective of the measure.

The Forum aims to empower women in different ways: through experience sharing, training and women advocacy in the cultural field. They are meeting every year on the International Women Day and organise at least 12 trainings each year. 

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

Beneficiaries: Professional women in arts and cultural sector. Men and youth are also involved in mainstreaming trainings.


-Training:areas of the training are revolved around the enhancement of skills like assertiveness and advocacy, leadership and interprenership, and cultural policies. Practically it has helped them to fight against stereotypes, improve their skills and understand the potential of the sector.

- Annual celebration: Marsh 8 is celebrated every year together with the annual meeting of the Forum.  Each regional state forum attends the meeting and discusses challenges.  This event rotates every year from region to region ; thus each region shares its best practices to the rest.

- Special training is provided with the help of  Ethiopian Musicians Association.

- Conducting research related to women in handicraft, performing arts and on women’s literacy impact on children. The results are validated with the stakeholders and disseminated to concerned bodies.

MoU to work with different directorates (of different institutions).

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Strengthening  the skills of women and increasing their participation in the sector.

Reach gender balance at each decision  making level of the culture and tourism sector.

Mainstreaming gender in the sector of culture and tourism.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

 From government regular budget, more than 4 562 USD project cost. 

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

The results on direct beneficiaries are positive.

Lack of funds from regional states to support downstream trainings is an impediment to achieve the mainstreaming of gender issues at local level.  

Indicators used to determine impact:
Qualitative interview with participants to follow their progress and outreach support when facing challenges particularity in conducting downstream training in regions.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)