Meaza Ashenafi

Meaza Ashenafi (born 1964) is an Ethiopian lawyer. Described as a “prominent women’s rights activist”,she was the founder and executive director of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA). In November 2018, she was appointed by the Federal Parliamentary Assembly as President of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia.

Meaza served as a Judge of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia between 1989 and 1992.In 1993 she was appointed by the Ethiopian Constitution Commission as a legal adviser. In 1995, Meaza founded the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA), and became its executive director.[4] Through her legal contacts, she has been instrumental in campaigning for women’s rights in Ethiopia; her Fighting For Women’s Rights In Ethiopia group had approximately 45 graduate lawyers working for it in 2002.

Meaza has held a position with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She helped lead the development of the first women’s bank in Ethiopia, Enat Bank, which was established in 2011 and as of 2016 chairs its board of directors.

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