Ethiopia’s Minister for Women, Children and Youth, Filsan Abdulahi Ahmed, who became the first federal official to acknowledge the existence of violations during the offensive against the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) in the Tigray region (north), has announced his resignation.
Filsan has stated that he is stepping down for “personal reasons” which weigh “heavily” on his conscience, adding that “any situation that compromises ethics” is “contrary to his” beliefs and values ”.” To betray these beliefs is a breach of trust for me and our citizens, “he added.
For example, in a statement published on his account on the social network Twitter, he pointed out that “the assumption of running a ministry that is almost inoperative, that has limited resources and does not have the budget to achieve tangible results , is doomed “. . “
“However, I can say that in just over a year we have made great strides, despite difficulties and challenges,” she said before defending that improving the rights and well-being of women and children is “at this critical moment for” of vital importance is the land “.
On the other hand, he has argued that “it is important to see the difference between when we should work in spite of difficulties and when it is time to step down” before thanking Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for the “opportunity” he has with the appointment.
The resignation comes a few days after Abiy, whose Prosperity Party won a landslide in the last elections – marked by the boycott of the opposition and the uncertainty in various parts of the country, especially Tigray – announced the composition of your new executive.
The non-governmental organization Amnesty International reported in August that forces close to the Ethiopian government had subjected hundreds of women and girls to “brutal” acts of violence and sexual slavery in connection with the conflict in Tigray.
“Soldiers and militiamen exposed Tigray women and girls to rape, sexual slavery, sexual mutilation and other forms of torture, often amid offensive ethnic comments and death threats,” a report by the NGO said.
In this context, Amnesty International Secretary General Agnès Callamard stated that “hundreds” of women and girls “were brutally treated with the aim of degrading and dehumanizing them” before adding that violence was used “as a weapon” was of war to cause persistent physical and psychological damage to women and girls in Tigray.
The Ethiopian Army’s offensive against the TPLF began on November 4, by order of the Prime Minister, in response to an attack by the TPLF on an army base in the regional capital, Mekelle, in which significant numbers of military personnel were killed.
Thereafter, the Ethiopian Armed Forces, backed by Eritrean troops and the Amhara special forces, managed to capture Mekelle and impose internal authority, although they eventually gave in, prompting Abiy to declare a ceasefire in June, opposed by the TPLF, which launched the offensive has expanded to several neighboring regions.