Dear YMCA partners, Brothers and Sisters,
May love and peace be with you!
I have been in the YMCA Ethiopia executive board for two consecutive terms since 2014, and as Board President I have been serving since 2017. These years were challenging and exciting with lots of success stories we proudly shared to the world in the area of governance, programs, resource diversification and the impact in the community we served. The challenges were, too, our source of courage and wisdom we learned through them. In these moments, your support, advice and strategic guidance were immense; I thank you all for giving me your trust and support during my service. I thank my colleagues, board members, staff and management, and the members of the councils at large. I will be continuing serving the YMCA in different forms at local, national , Africa and the world level.
The Ethiopia YMCA 21st GA session, the first time in Ethiopia YMCA, voted for a female President of Board, Ethiopia Tilahun. Please join me to congratulate my successor’s. Together with her, 3 existing board members and five new board members with high caliber and experience have joined the Y and Please welcome them all.
For the first time, we worked with the Management team led by Dagmawi to ensure the best process of the election, ever done before, the recruitment and nomination procedures were in place and managed carefully. I thank all the nomination team, the electoral committees, the General Assembly Committees and the member of the council for having gone through the process successfully
This is my sincere hope your support will be continuing for the new executive board, and the management,
Dear Ethiopia, this is to confirm to you that I will be on your side to support and walk with you during your leadership service , transforming the Y and serving the youth. I know this position comes with a lot of blessing as the time challenges particularly when trying to move from business as usual ….count on me…I will share my experience!
GOD bless you all!
Yirga Gebregizabher, Outgoing Board Chairperson
Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Ethiopia organized a workshop to address on the impact of COVID-19 on youth in the informal sectors in November 3, 2020 at Capital Hotel – Addis Ababa.
A recent report published by Fridrich Ebert Stiftung on the Impact of COVID in the Informal Economy (2020) asserts that close to 90 per cent of the sub-Saharan African labour force works in the informal economy. Informal economy workers, who are mostly self-employed, are particularly vulnerable to health shocks since they are mostly not covered by social protection systems, earn their livelihood from low and irregular incomes, are not adequately represented in local and national governance structures, and are not protected by labour laws.
Ethiopia is one of the hard-hits countries with COVID 19 and it’s majority of labor force dwell in the informal sectors. In his opening speech, Mr. Ayalew Ahmed, Vice President of CETU said that the informal workers in Ethiopia could be at higher risk of losing their job due to COVID but they are less covered in the legal and social protection systems. Mr. Demisse, representing CETU, one of the panelist said that COVID would have tremendous impact on the informal workers, especially those work as street vendors, house maid, waitress, etc.
Informal economy workers and their families remain exposed to the virus even if they stay at home, because they often live in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions that make physical distancing virtually impossible. A lack of access to running water not only limits the possibilities for hand-washing, it often forces women to line up for water, thereby endangering themselves and their community. (ILO 2020a).
The overwhelming majority of workers in the informal economy have higher exposure to occupational health and safety risks because of the lack of appropriate protection, and thus an increased likelihood of suffering from illness, accident or death. COVID-19 adds to these risks. If they fall ill, most workers do not have guaranteed access to medical care or income security through sickness or employment injury benefits;
Ato Kassahun Mulatu, representative from Addis Ababa City Administration Trade and Industry Bureau presented that bureau has been making stride effort to minimize the occupational risks on the informal workers. As he said, the bureau has been taking some measures such as training, awareness on COVID, hygiene supplies, facilitating better work place for street vendors, Janmeda, etc among the measures taking place by the bureau.
Four Youths who work in the informal sector gave their testimony on how covid impacts their work as most of them admitted there business is at higher risk and disclosure due to COVID and related challenges.
Participants of the workshop share their reflection and make suggestions including the need to have in-depth study on the impact, sustain dialogue and experience sharing, collaboration and networking through forming alliance of decent work (as suggested by YMCA and it’s partners) was among the take homes from the workshop.