A program targeting legal reforms in prosecuting sexual crimes and fostering women's participation in the national dialogue and transitional justice issue was launched last week. It is expected to cost 928,000 Euros with the French Embassy partnering with Justice for All Ethiopia, EURIKA, Ethiopian Women Lawyers' Association, N4ED and organisations that are working in recovery and reconstruction. The program was held at the Hilton Hotel on Menilik II Avenue. Remy Marechaux, Ambassador of France in Ethiopia, remarked that the program is part of his government's prioritisation of gender equality both in his country and abroad. WHO's 2021 report indicates that 30pc of women have experienced intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. The study notes that the figures are likely to be higher as many cases remain unreported due to societal influence and awareness gaps. France has been offering support in the fight against gender-based violence by allocating 850,000 euros for the "Fight against GBV" program, which lasted for three years starting in 2021.
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