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Happy Mothers’ Day 2016

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ESAC wishes all Mothers, a very happy and peaceful Mothers’ Day. Peace to the World!!

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Orange Sage Flower of Ethiopia

Recap from ESAC’s International Women’s Day 2016 Event

New York, NY (March 20th, 2016) — As International Women’s Day is commemorated in the month March, ESAC held its event recognizing this hallmark. ESAC held its International Women’s Day event at 310 E 42nd street on 1st and 2nd ave. Authentic Ethiopian food and coffee was served for free as a courtesy of the event and the attendees. ESAC began the event with serving refreshments and lunch to all, then shortly began a panel discussion with the invited guest speakers. The guest speakers were Mrs. Pearl Barkley, Mrs. Mariam Makompack, Mrs…. who came together in the name of bringing awareness to women issues of around the world (from their prospective and experience). The founder of ESAC proceeded the event with huge emphasis on the issue of young Ethiopian who are fleeing at alarming rates to Middle Eastern countries who get abused and enslaved, even threatening their lives (in many cases, has happened). Generally, the problem has so many angles but mostly the issue of these young women fleeing from their native country of Ethiopia is to find a better opportunity and helping their family. ESAC founder stressed that the organizationNew York, NY (March 20th, 2016) — As International Women’s Day is commemorated in the month March, ESAC held its event recognizing this hallmark. ESAC held its International Women’s Day event at 310 E 42nd street on 1st and 2nd ave. Authentic Ethiopian food and coffee was served for free as a courtesy of the event and the attendees. ESAC began the event with serving refreshments and lunch to all, then shortly began a panel discussion with the invited guest speakers. The guest speakers were Mrs. Pearl Barkley, Mrs. Mariam Makompack, Mrs…. who came together in the name of bringing awareness to women issues of around the world (from their prospective and experience). The founder of ESAC proceeded the event with huge emphasis on the issue of young Ethiopian who are fleeing at alarming rates to Middle Eastern countries who get abused and enslaved, even threatening their lives (in many cases, has happened). Generally, the problem has so many angles but mostly the issue of these young women fleeing from their native country of Ethiopia is to find a better opportunity and helping their family. ESAC founder stressed that the organization needs to move to action and that it is more than just a discussion, to become a member of ESAC and support the mission of the organization toward action to solve the problem. ESAC chairperson also mentioned that to not only discuss women issues but to find a solution that everyone can commit to. We hope all attendees sign up to become a member and we welcome volunteers to help end the abuse against Ethiopian Women Domestic Workers in the Middle East!

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Please join ESAC 2016 Annual event for Women’s Day

ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE (ESAC) will be hosting its annual International Women’s Day Celebration in solidarity of support and advocating for Ethiopian Domestic workers of the Middle East. As you may or may not know, Ethiopian women in the Middle East have been abused or killed for years. This travesty is still prevalent and we are asking that you join us and our panel of experts to work towards eliminating this issue by advocating, creating awareness and justice for victims’ families.

On March 20th, 2016 this inaugural event will take place at 310 E. 42nd Street 1st and 2nd Ave in New York City. “As the need for support continues to grow, this month we honor all Women by giving back and making an impact on our local and international communities,” said Zewditu Fesseha, the Founder of ESAC. This month, throughout the year, we are seeing citizens of the Diaspora and Americans using the power of their voice to shed light on their own and each other’s well-being and making a real difference in the lives of women around the world. ESAC aims to mark the importance of equal rights and knowledge of the human condition. We can transform as well as abolish these brutal practices. The panel of speakers, as well as the host will share their personal associations to the movement, ideas for resolutions, and more. In brief, ESAC has held numerous seminars to discuss resolutions with expert panelists to set up dialogue with hosting Middle Eastern countries. We have tried to hold these countries accountable and to follow their international obligation regarding human rights and labor issue in their country. Women need to be accepted and respected in the 21st century so please join ESAC in putting this issue to end.

The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee is a non-profit organization. It is organized under 501(c) (3) the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation law for welfare and educational purposes. The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee vision is to support women’s rights and culture. In order to improve their awareness on the issues mentioned, ESAC provides basic educational seminars for these topics. More information about the conference and ESAC can be found at http://www.esanyc.com. Attached is the flier for the March 20th, 2016 event.

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የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት (2015) አመታዊ የሴቶች ቀን ክብረ በዓል

ዓለም አቀፍ  የሴቶች ቀን የካቲት ፳፱ (March. 8)

በመላው ዓለም በየዓመቱ በየካቲት 29 ቀን ይንም (March 8.) የሲቶች ቀን በመባል  በታላቁ ይከበራል ። ይህንኑ በማጠናከር የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አገልግሎት በዓሉን  ምክንያት በማድረግ የውይይት መድረክ አዘጋጀቶአል። ለሴቶች መብትና ጢንነትን በተመለከተ በየጊዜው ብዙ ሽግግርና ማሻሻያም ተደርጓል ይሁንንና ችግሩ በተለየ መልኩ በመከሰት የሚፈለገው ደረጃ ላይ መድረስ  አልቻለም። ይሁንና የሴቶችን ችግር ገጠመኘን ለማሻሻል ና መፍተሄ ለማግኘት የውይይት ዝግጀት ተይዟል. አርስዎም የዚሁ ውይይት ተካፋይ እንዲሆኑ ተጋብዘዋል።

እንድሚታወቀው የኢትዮጵያ ሴትች በተለያየ መንገድ ኑሮን ለማሸነፍ ወደ ጎሬቤት የአረብ ሀገር በሕግም ሆነ ካለህግ ካሀገራቸው ውጪ በመሄድ የደረሰባቸው ችግር እጅግ አሳዛኝና አስደንጋጭ ነው ይህንን ሁኔታ ያላየ ያልሰማ የለም። ታዲያ መፍተሄው ምንድነው? አሁንም በሹሉክልክ ከሕግ ውጪ ወደዚሁ ሀገር ለሞትና ለባርነት በመሄድ ላይ ይገኛለኡ።

በውይይቱ ላይ ተግኝተው የበኩልዎን ሃሳብ ይስጡ በማለት የኢትዮጵያ ማህበራዊ አግልግሎት ኮሚቴ በአክብሮት ያሳስባል.!

Re-cap from October 12th annual ESAC’s Cultural and Family Exchange Day

New York, NY (October 12, 2014) — ETHIOPIAN SOCIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE hosted its annual cultural and family day celebration.

IMG_5650 IMG_5706The event started with having traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony served with coffee beans presented by Laughing Man Coffee. The Laughing Man Coffee is helps Ethiopian Coffee farmers of Southern Ethiopia. Laughing Man coffee was founded by Hugh Hackman while going to Ethiopia for humanitarian purpose. ESAC appreciates the effort of helping Ethiopian farmers and introducing Ethiopia’s coffee all over the world.

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Music and entertainment was provided and all attendees were delighted enough to dance and enjoy themselves. After music and entertainment, Dr. Rebecca Mammo discussed about Ethiopian culture and New Year celebration by Ethiopians. Dr. Mammo engaged the audience by rendition of a Ethiopian New Years song sung by Ethiopians. Dr. Falu, a member of ESAC and master of ceremony, announced the program schedule for the event and introduced the guests. Many hard to find merchandises and books were presented during the event. As always, ESAC has provided a wonderful event where everyone can appreciate and learn more about Ethiopian history, culture and language. Many Thanks to Everyone that came, participated!! MANY THANKS TO: Genet Restaurant, Awash Restaurant, all ESAC members and volunteers who came, ESAC notices and appreciates you all!

Here are some pictures from the ESAC’s October event:

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ESAC International Women’s Day 2014 Event

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New York, New York – (March 8th, 2014)  The panel discussion took place  in New York in commemoration of International Women’s Day. It was attended by Native American performers, Beth Lamor, Pam Timmons, UN woman group, caravan TV representatives and all invited guests arrived at 12:30 PM at 310 East Forty second street New York, NY on March 8th, 2014.The panelists were Ms. Nancy Solomon, Ms. Helen Afework (who directly came from Ethiopia who is a student researcher on immigrant domestic workers), Mrs. Velma D. Bank and Dr. Georgina Falu (who is a board member of ESAC and the moderator of the event).

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Dr. Georgina Falu- the moderator in red

Dr. Georgina Falu, as moderator, started the program by introducing the chairperson to give the remark for the event.Ms. Zewditu Fesseha, founder of ESAC, welcomed the attendees and gave a remark about the international women’s day by saying ” there is a long way to go in the women struggle especially women from Ethiopia trying to find a job in the gulf states who are experiencing hard times and a lot of abuse”. After Ms. Fesseha’s opening remarks, Dr. Falu brought other guest panelists on stage to elaborate on general Women’s issue.

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Guest Panelists from Left to Right: Helen Afework, Bizu Riki, Velma D. Banks, and Zewditu Fesseha.

With this in mind she invited the first panelist Ms. Nancy Salamone. Nancy Salamone is an author and former Wall Street Executive who is an advocate against Domestic Abuse because she was victim of it. Due to her experience, Nancy spoke about women’s issues being very complex and she stressed that we have to work together to address the issues. She also spoke about how saddened she was when she watched a video showing an Ethiopian woman being beaten by Saudi men. She said, “is it a game to show their bravery? I’am astonished by how they could post this video on Youtube for everyone to go and see this horrific activity.” She continued saying” The women in the video was hanged upside and beaten viciously until she lost conscious and it’s saddening to see  the world we live in and the abuse of these Ethiopian women. “. She also added ” let’s stand beside ESAC in addressing the issue of Ethiopian Women Domestic workers Violence in the Gulf countries. The beating of these woman in Saudi is a barbaric thing and this has to be stopped and the people there should be taken responsible for their actions. ESAC is working to address the issue and finding a solution for it.”

Next panelist, is Ms. Helen Afework who spoke about the abuse of Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker’s in the gulf-states and how brutal it is. She spoke about these Ethiopian Women not having legal rights, and to consider their way of reaching the Gulf-states (whether it was through illegal or legal channel), no matter what both are being abused. She also showed images and presentation on her thesis regarding Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker Abuse by the international media. With this observation, Helen added “the Ethiopian Government must educate these Ethiopian women/girls before they think about leaving. Even though, at this moment, the legal channel itself, it does not give these Ethiopian women enough support and education to endure the challenges ahead of them in these gulf-states. These women rely on influences of friends who may be lucky and their experiences.” She continued by saying “there is not enough resources for these women and girls to stay in Ethiopia”. Ms. Afework concluded by suggesting that ESAC work with local NGO to help for these women that desperate need and deserve.

After Ms. Afework’s presentation and speech, Buzu Rikki, who is an Ethiopian Jew from NY and founder of Chassida Shmella, gives her perspective of Ethiopian Women of Israel who are also facing women issues (on the international level). She explains that Ethiopian Jewish Women in Israel are abused by their husbands because the man (as the head of house) could not find a job in Israel and provide for his family. For the women, it is easy to find a job as a domestic worker and this changes the dynamic because she ends up being the head of the household and becomes the provider for the family. The situation creates conflict among the man as he feels he didn’t fulfill his duty and abuses his wife as a result of it. This is one scenario of Ethiopian women issues faced in Israel and Ms. Rikki concluding by saying “the abusers end up in prison and it took a lot of work to make that happen”. Often, coming from Ethiopia, with no education, this is the problem these Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker’s face.

Dr. Falu then presented the final panelist, Miss. Velma D. Banks who has organized and developed support groups like the Advancement of Colored People, Urban League, Black Solidarity Day and many more. Miss. Banks spoke about women’s issue being a human rights issue. She elaborate and explained how the two areas overlap one another and how we must recognize this issue. As the International Women’s Day 2014 ESAC event culminated, the floor was given to the audience to ask questions and give suggestions. Many great ideas and suggestions were discussed and ESAC is continuing to create awareness about the Ethiopian Women Domestic Worker Abuse in Gulf-states. Based on the first resolution, ESAC is still trying to initiate dialogue with hosting Gulf-states until a lasting solution is created. ESAC is anticipating it’s next annual International Women’s Day hopefully with this problem being resolved permanently.

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Click here for this event’s flier:
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Candlelight vigil in memory of Ethiopian Migrant Victims of Saudi Arabian Abuse

New York, NY (December 10, 2013) — Despite uninviting snow storm in New York City, ESAC and protesters held a candlelight vigil in front of Saudi Arabian Mission to United Nations in memory of Ethiopian Migrant Victims of Saudi Arabian abuse.

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During the event of Nelson Mandela’s untimely death, ESAC remembers Mandela’s contribution to equality and human rights. On December 10th, a day commemorating Human Rights all around the world; ESAC and protesters came together to also remember Ethiopian Migrant Victims who suffered and died in result of their basic human rights being violated. The abuse of the Ethiopian Domestic workers abroad must come to an end and we continue to request and make sure Saudi Arabia is held responsible and that we will not give up until we get a lasting and substantial solution to this problem. We (ESAC) ask that these victims not suffer in vain but that Ethiopians who are still trapped and voiceless, be noticed and be freed without reservation.

As Nelson Mandela once said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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Candlelight vigil outside of Saudi Mission to UN in NYC

 

ESAC’s Protest against the violence towards Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia

In the wake of the violence against Ethiopian workers and immigrants in Saudi Arabia, ESAC is going to demonstrate in front of the Saudi Arabia Mission.

New York,NY (November 18th, 2013) — With the current situation for Ethiopians in the Mid-East, many Ethiopian domestic workers and immigrants are being abused in the form of torture, rape, beating, murder and etc… These Ethiopian domestic workers and immigrants commit no crime as they just desire the opportunity to work, provide and simply survive. ESAC and many Ethiopians in New York plan to protest in front of the Saudi Arabian Mission with hopes that the Saudi Arabian Mission will live up to its international responsibility to protect migrant workers and immediately end the of abuse of these vulnerable human beings. We demand that Saudi Arabian Mission end the gross violation of basic human rights and to launch a thorough and independent investigation into the killings and bring those responsible accountable.

ESAC and protesters will hold a peaceful demonstration in front Saudi Mission, on the corner of 46th street between 1st and 2nd street NY, NY. Anyone is welcome to support this cause and join our demonstration against the abuse of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia. If you want to attend and demonstrate, the flier is attached below:

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ESAC Annual Family and Cultural Exchange Day

In celebration of Ethiopian New Years, ESAC focuses on the value of family and culture.New York, NY (October 12, 2013) —

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ESAC (Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee) hosted its annual family and cultural exchange day for many Ethiopian adoptive families. ESAC provides a bridge for adoptive families to connect with the Ethiopian community.  Its goal is to make an impact in the local Ethiopian adopted children and to make a real difference in the lives of children and their families. During this event, ESAC members and attendees, were welcomed by guest speakers and a wide array of Ethiopian cultural food and coffee ceremony. Many of the attendees and their children were entertained with live Ethiopian New Years music while embracing other cultural music from many other artists who performed live. Below are some pictures from this event:

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Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee

New York, NY (March 29, 2013) — The Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee held its second event on March 23rd, 2013, celebrating the Women’s History month by advocating for domestic workers in the Middle East.

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The event featured a panel discussion that brought together educator, community leaders from different walks of life, including Profs. Ephraim Director of the Semitic Studies and the first Profess of Afro-African studies at Harvard a member of Ethiopian Community, Ms. Beejhy Berhane; Founder and Executive Director  BINA Cultural foundation and Ms Meskerem Assefa within her own will, is a representative of Ethiopian Emigrants worker in Lebanon/Beirut. The chairperson and founder of ESAC, Ms. Zewditu Fesseha and the moderator, Ms. Keabnesh Girma  led the discussion highlighting the issue with continued abuse of Ethiopian domestic workers in the Middle East.Image

Prof.Ephraim Isaac Director of Semitic study at conference.

 In celebration of international women month ESAC conference march 23, 2013, New York Panelists looked for a solution and collaboration for Ethiopian immigrant workers in the mid-East.

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