Eritrea has a population estimated at 5 million (UN, 2009) with a total area of 117,400 sq km (45,300 sq miles). The capital is Asmara. The major languages are Tigrinya, Tigre, Arabic and English.
Eritrea emerged from its long war of independence (with Ethiopia) in 1993. Eritrea continues to experience military conflict since its independence- with Yemen and then Ethiopia.
- Eritrea ratified The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on September 5, 1995
- Eritrea does not have a National Action Pan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325)
- Eritrea had a UN peacekeeping mandate: United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) from July 2000 to July 2008
Sources:BBC; Amnesty International; UNIFEM
October 19, 2011 (Shabait.com)
ERITREA: Women's Role in Ensuring Social Justice Described Vital
The Administrator of Gash-Barka region, Mr. Musa Rab'a, said that the role of women is of vital significance in the government's endeavors to ensure social justice.
June 23, 2011 (972 magazine)
ERITREA: Some women are born refugees: Remember your Eritrean sisters
The international community marks World Refugee Day this week, which refugees and human rights organizations in Israel will officially celebrate on Friday. But while the world commemorates the 1951 Refugee Convention, impossible suffering continues to be the fate of countless women. Professor Minna Rozen reminds us of what we have to be thankful for.
February 24, 2011 (AllAfrica)
ERITREA: Women's Union Striving to Ensures Women's Participation in All Domains
The National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) is striving to ensure women's participation in all domains, disclosed the head of Information and Campaign in the Union, Ms. Dehab Suleiman.
She told ERINA the union has been carrying out various campaigns and trainings to enhance women's participation in political, economic and other sectors, and that the endeavors have enabled to become self-supporting, particularly in remote areas.
January 9, 2011 (All Africa)
ERITREA: Female Participation in Edi Elementary School On the Rise
The participation of female students in Edi Elementary School, Central Denkalia, has shown growth by 25%, according to Mr. Bedewi Idris, the director of the school.
He said that the modern school has provided vital impetus to raising the number of students in general and females in particular to pursue education. The school is admitting students from the surrounding villages of Karum, Abol and Antata'in, the director added.
January 8, 2011 (All Africa)
ERITREA: Training Program Given to Women in Dekemhare Sub-Zone
Dekemhare — A training program was offered to 60 women in the villages of Belesto, Dengel and Awlie-Tseru, Dekemhare sub-zone, with a view to enabling them become economically self-supporting, according to Ms. Miliete Adhanom from the Agriculture Ministry's branch in the sub-zone.
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