Who says Women can’t be leaders? Leaders aren’t born male. The number of women leaders and CEOs is growing swiftly each year, but it’s not where it needs to be. Meaza Ashenafi is one of such women as she recently took up a leadership role in Ethiopia as president of Ethiopian High Court.
Meaza Ashenafi, born in 1965, was a high court judge in Ethiopia between 1989 and 1992. In 1993 she became a legal advisor to the Ethiopian Constitution Commission. In 1995, she participated in founding the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) and became its executive director.
She utilizes her extensive legal background to lobby for the amendment of the constitutional laws against women in Ethiopia.
Her goal is to eradicate all forms of discrimination against women and to ensure equal opportunities for women in education, employment, and public spheres.
Her contribution is centered on the promotion and protection of their political and social rights, as she directs attention to the cultural and attitudinal problems related to gender in a conservative society.
She participated in drafting the Ethiopian Constitution, which now gives women a broad range of political, social, legal and economic rights.
Ashenafi has received numerous awards for philanthropy and leadership, including the African Leadership Prize; in 2003, she became a Hunger Project Award laureate, winning the Grassroots Ethiopian Women of Substance Africa Prize, Two years later, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.