Womenโ€™s Rights Activist Is Ethiopiaโ€™s First Female Supreme Court Chief

Meaza Ashenafi
Meaza Ashenafi
Meaza Ashenafi โ€“ Wikimedia Commons

In Ethiopiaโ€™s latest move to empower women. The countryโ€™s Parliament on Thursday installed as Supreme Court president. A womenโ€™s rights activist whose achievements were championed in a movie promoted by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.

Meaza Ashenafi was a judge on Ethiopiaโ€™s High Court from 1989 to 1992. And then an adviser to a commission writing up its new constitution. She also founded the Ethioยญpian Women Lawyers Association. And also helped start the first womenโ€™s bank in the country, Enat Bank.

The famous case of the Womenโ€™s Rights Activist, however, was turned into the 2014 Ethioยญpian film โ€œDifret,โ€. It was promoted by Jolie as executive producer. And also went on to win the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

In 1996, Aberash Bekele, 14, was kidnapped on her way home from school by a man who intended to marry her. She escaped with a rifle and shot her kidnapper. She was then charged with murder.


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