Greg Dorey » Ambassador to Ethiopia

The Girl Summit

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Child, Early and Forced Marriage (#CEFM) affects millions of girls every year. One in three girls in developing countries is married by the age of 18. Some are as young as eight. Girls who marry young will have babies while still children, putting them at risk of death or suffering for the rest of their lives. They are more likely to be poor and stay poor. Forced marriage victims can … Read more »The Girl Summit



This week I hosted former Ethiopian scholars at the British Residence to mark the 30th Anniversary of the #British Government’s flagship #Chevening Scholarship programme. The Chevening Scholarships are the #UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (#FCO) and partner organisations. The programme targets outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. Over 200 Ethiopians have … Read more »THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIPS

Ending Sexual Violence as a Tool of War

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Sexual violence committed in war zones has been not only an abomination against humanity but a growing problem. Long seen as an inevitable consequence of a breakdown of law and order and often regarded as a ‘lesser crime’, it is increasingly being used as a means of war to humiliate and devastate communities belonging to the ‘enemy.’ Over time, a culture of impunity for the perpetrators has developed. The effects of … Read more »Ending Sexual Violence as a Tool of War

Media Freedom for a Better Future

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Today is World Press Freedom Day #WPFD. The work that journalists do is often dangerous and difficult. Unfortunately, 2013 was one of the most dangerous years for the profession across the world, with 70 journalists killed. Many of these were caught in the cross-fire of armed hostilities. They had been trying in exceedingly difficult circumstances to tell the stories of some of the world’s most appalling conflicts. 14 more have … Read more »Media Freedom for a Better Future

Ethiopia’s First Female DPM

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‘Women in Leadership’ is not a new concept in Ethiopia. From Queen Eleni, the wife of the Ethiopian Medieval King ZeraYaqob, to Empress Taitu, this country has had its share of iron ladies. So may I congratulate Her Excellency W/ro Aster Mamo, just appointed Deputy Prime Minister #DPM for Good Governance and Reform and Minister of the Civil Service. It is good that the Ethiopian Government, which is not alone … Read more »Ethiopia’s First Female DPM

Remember, Unite, Renew

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I am writing this in Mandela Hall of the African Union in Addis Ababa, where Ministers, Ambassadors, Religious Leaders, Senior Officials and Civil Society are gathered to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide. “Kwibuka” (“to remember” in Kinyarwanda) is a global programme underway since January to ensure that the deaths of over a million Rwandans in 1994 are not forgotten. The theme for this year’s Commemoration is “Remember, … Read more »Remember, Unite, Renew

Clearing a Path for Development

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Each year on 4 April we observe the United Nations’ International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance. This day aims to raise awareness of the threat caused by landmines to the safety, health and lives of civilian populations, and encourages Governments to develop mine clearance programmes. This global problem has an acute local dimension. Ethiopia is one of the world’s 10 most heavily mined countries – a legacy of the successive conflicts … Read more »Clearing a Path for Development

Humanitarian crisis

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Since mid-December, over 70,000 refugees from South Sudan have fled the violence there into the Gambella Region of Ethiopia, seeking to escape insecurity and a lack of food. The numbers are growing all the time. The UK Government is extremely concerned about this situation. This week I visited a new camp for refugees (currently known as Tierkidi) and the border at Pagak, so see what was happening. It was alarming … Read more »Humanitarian crisis

How not to hold a referendum

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The Crimean referendum of 16 March falls far below recognised international standards. To begin with, it is unconstitutional. Ukraine’s constitution clearly states that the status of any part of the country’s territory can only be changed as the result of a nationwide referendum. No one objected to the idea of a referendum as such. And what about freedom of choice? A referendum carried out under military occupation hardly allows for … Read more »How not to hold a referendum

Time to Act

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International Women’s Day has been observed in different forms since in the early 1900′s. But in recent years it has gone from strength to strength and become a much more genuinely global and shared event. With such a history, we should expect to see more progress on women’s issues. But women are still not paid equally to their male counterparts; they are still are not present in equal numbers in … Read more »Time to Act