Ethiopia's first female Supreme Court President Meaza Ashenafi. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
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The wave of reforms that has dazzled Ethiopia, and the world, has reached the shores of the judicial sector, with the appointment of Meaza Ashenafi as the first-ever woman President of the Supreme Court, and the real-time character that inspired the award-winning movie ‘Difret’ where a young lawyer confronts the tradition of forced abductions into marriage. With Ethiopia tethering on the edge of a new era of democratic contestation, the importance of an independent judicial arbiter of the democratic game cannot be overstated.
Read the complete Op-Ed, published by Addis Standard on 7 November 2018.