March 15, 2015

Oakland’s 35th anniversary of National Uion of Eritrean Women (NUEW) is a huge success.

Oakland’s 35th anniversary of National Uion of Eritrean Women (NUEW) is a huge success.

Oakland’s 35th anniversary of National Uion of Eritrean Women (NUEW) is a huge success.
See more Photos here: Oakland NUEW Symposium

The 35th anniversary of NUEW was held on March 14, 2015 in Oakland, CA (Western USA Zone). It started with Eritrean cuisine luncheon, “Taste of Eritrea”. During lunch, a documentary video was shown, produced by YPFDJ entitled “Untold Stories”. After lunch, friends of Eritrea and invited guests toured a photo exhibition showcasing the achievements of Eritrean women during the past 35 years.

Pictures that depict the past (armed struggle) the present post-independence nation building (education, health, development) as well as paintings of Eritrea by renowned American artist Betty LaDuke, based in Oregon, were presented.

After a moment of silence and the singing of the national anthem, Merkeb Yohannes and Sofia Russom introduced the program. Welcoming messages were read by Ms. Samrawit Michael, Chairperson of NUEW, NA and Mr. Berhane G. Solomon, Charge d’Affaires of the Eritrean Embassy in DC.

The keynote speaker was Ms Tekea Tesfamichael, the newly-elected president of the NUEW. Solidarity messages were read by Ms. Hadnet Keleta representing the National Council of Eritrean Americans (NCEA); Ms Tasion Kwamilele, representative of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the 13th district of Oakland, Ms Caroline Mixoli, representing former mayor of Oakland, Ms Jean Quan, and president of Oakland City Council, Ms Lynette McElhaney.

The Symposium panelists included:

– Eritrean women fighters’ real life experience” Ms. Saliha Adem, memberof the executive council of NUEW
– Ms. Betty LaDuke, “From Eritrea with Love”
– Ms. Sophia Tesfamariam – Eritrean women’s exempleary role in national building & Eritrean women in North America: their contribution to the liberation & peace in Eritrea.
– Ms. Tsige Nemariam- The origins of Eritrean women’s union in North America – Ms. Seble Tsehaye- Eritrea’s enduring commitment to gender equality & empowerment
– Ms. Saba Sebhatu- Eritrean youth building bridges in generational conflict & identities.

The sympeosium presentations were followed by a lively discussion among the partcipants.

The evening celebrating the heroic role of the Eritean woman during the past decades culminated with a musical concert with artists Elsa Kidane and Wedi Zager at the Eritrean Community Cultural Civic Center in Oakland.

See more Photos here: Oakland NUEW Symposium


Ibrahim Suliman
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