Gender dynamics in reproductive health in Ethiopia


CFEE Seminar on Women and Gender in the Horn of Africa (2015-2016)

2ème séance / 2nd session: Gender dynamics in reproductive health in Ethiopia, par/by RAHWA MUSSIE & MULUMEBET ZENEBE

In partnership with the Center for Gender Studies and the History Department of Addis Ababa University.

ATTENTION: Séance reportée au mardi 22 décembre 2015 (14h-17h) et déplacée au CFEE / Session postponed to Tuesday December 22nd 2015 (2-5 PM) and moved to the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies.

Gender dynamics in reproductive health in Ethiopia

1. Gender dynamics in reproductive health: A review of the Ethiopian situation, by RAHWA MUSSIE

There is increasing global recognition of men’s role in sexual and reproductive health. In order to encompass the involvement of men in reproductive matters, there is a need to study how masculinity plays out in the reproductive arena. This presentation aims to illuminate gender power dynamics in the reproductive arena in general and within the field of fertility control in particular. It also sheds light on women’s agency in terms of ‘choice’ and ‘control’.

2. Sexual Experiences of Male and Female Students of Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions: A Review of Research Findings,  by MULUMEBET ZENEBE

Male and female students of Ethiopia’s higher education institutions are highly vulnerable to risky sexual practices and associated predisposing factors. Owing to the weak comprehensive sexual education system existing in the country’s elementary and high schools, students enter universities and colleges with very limited sexual and reproductive health information. Some of the other factors that expose them to risky sexual practices include lack of parental control, peer pressure and widespread substance use. Even though the number of female students who join the university is increasing, ensuring gender equality and empowerment of female students has still been a great challenge. Due to gender related factors, female students are exposed to sexual coercion, unwanted pregnancy, unsafe abortion, STIs and HIV/AIDS. During the presentation, some of the major factors that expose students to risky sexual practices will be discussed, citing specific cases from various studies conducted at universities and colleges in Ethiopia.

The speakers

Rahwa Mussie (PhD) is an Assistant Professor and the Head of the Center for Gender Studies of Addis Ababa University. Her research focus on the anthropology of reproductive health in Ethiopia. Mulumebet Zenebe (PhD) is an assistant professor at the Center for Gender Studies as well. Her research works have mainly been in the areas of gender and education, gender and literature, gender and sexuality and reproductive health.

Convenors of the seminar series: Belete Bizuneh (AAU, History Dept.), Thomas Guindeuil (CFEE), Margaux Herman (CFEE/IMAF), Angela M. Mueller (Hamburg Univ.), Rahwa Mussie (AAU, Center for Gender Studies).

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Secrétaire Scientifique (2015, 11 décembre). Gender dynamics in reproductive health in Ethiopia. UN ŒIL SUR LA CORNE / AN EYE ON THE HORN. Consulté le 15 juin 2024, à l’adresse

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