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Ethiopia’s hydro scheme up and running

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The third dam in Ethiopia’s hydro-power plant complex, Gilgel Gibe III, which will provide 1,870MW of clean energy, came on line last week.
The Gilgel Gibe III dam is a 243m high roller-compacted concrete dam with an associated hydroelectric power plant on the Omo River in Ethiopia. It is located about 62km west of Sodo in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, and was built at a cost of 1,5bn Euro – of which 40% was financed by the government and the remaining in loan from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
It is the third largest hydroelectric plant in Africa and will more than double total installed capacity in Ethiopia from its 2007 level of 814MW.

The Gibe III dam is part of the Gibe cascade, a series of dams including the existing Gibe I dam (184MW) and Gibe II power station (420MW) as well as the planned Gibe IV (1,472MW) and Gibe V (560MW) dams.

Inaugurating the dam, the tallest in the world, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn indicated apart from feeding the growing energy need of the country, it would also boost hard currency earning exporting energy to neighbouring countries.

He also said the dam project is eco-friendly and allows downstream regulated flow all the year round. In addition, inhabitants would benefit from fishery and the accompanying infrastructural facilities undertaken in the area.

Ethiopian Electric Power CEO and Gibe III managing engineer Azeb Asnake, said the project will boost regional economic integration. It is also a manifestation of the country’s tangible commitment to attain green development endeavour, she pointed out.

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Cynthia M. Wright: Thoughts on IWD 2020 – Each for Equal

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Cynthia Musafili Wright

Leading with inordinate authenticity as a substitute for the adoption of personalities basing on other’s expectations might crack more governance potentiality in women and, at the same time, hasten their influences within their respective organizations, according to the United Nations. If women are not authentic in society and at the same time are not recognized, appreciated, and respected,most would want to do what is required of them to perform and succeed in most departments.

Additionally, in case the political/ competitive societal behavior is harmful, women might be forced to be something that they are not leading to gender mainstream issues. Hence, women might feel unworthy and unsustainable to do what they have to do for authentic leadership. Men, on the other hand, when asked to comment about their level of authenticity, might assert that being authentic is not a perfect ideal or acceptable in the society/ workplace.

In the contemporary out weighed male society, women have struggled to be authentic. Women have to conform to the societal principles and femininity to fit into society without seeming masculine. The discord of upholding such a sweet spot is hard and more draining for women. Women can, therefore, flourish in a male subjugated culture. However, it comes with enormous emotional and psychological costs. Women must nurture a compelling, authentic, and feminine societal presence.

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In simpler terms, women must focus on their strengths if they want to cultivate authentic leadership and not copy what men do to make their presence seen. Authentic leadership,powered by a commanding purpose,assists other leaders (men and women) in inspiring others. Both men and women can display dominant and authentic leadership ideologies. The promotion of feminine authentic leadership doctrines must not be regarded as a male-female issue. It is all about whether society overlooks certain physiognomies vital in navigating global and

communal/ societal challenges. Highly authentic leaders can also articulate their life choices, for instance, work-life balance, bearing children, freeing oneself out of bad situations, managing their careers, and setting their financial goals. When women can effectively manage these life goals, authentic leadership qualities often emanate among them. Highly authentic women leaders determinedly design their personal lives according to their top-most life precedence.

“If they can’t lift you. They can’t drop you. Step into your power” (The Purposeful Leader – 10 Steps to Becoming the Leader You are Born to Be – On Amazon) There are four significant strategies women can apply to lead authentically. Women must increase their self-awareness. Increasing self-awareness is one vital component of acting authentically. It also makes women acceptable and trusted with leadership positions. Once women know their strengths and values, they must adequately assess and also evaluate themselves and pinpoint what is best for them.

After evaluating themselves, women must take action, starting with smaller steps and slowly integrate the values that align with their values and behaviours. Getting support from men helps in personal development among women and the promotion of gender equality in society. Developing authentic leadership qualities requires risks and women having faith in their judgments. When in power, women must also avoid acting like men as it makes them lose their authenticity. Trusting in their talents and abilities is what makes women authentic leaders.

Women must not be overjoyed by the powers granted to them while in leadership positions. They must make judgments and act beyond the societal stereotypes to pave the way for other young leaders after them to see them as authentic leaders. They can do this by creating gender equality programs to help upcoming women leaders know their worth in the society.Women in leadership positions must also have a personal social responsibility to create and motivate other leaders. They must immediately start capitalizing on their instant successors so that we can create a ripple effect.

Leadership must be quantifiable, and one effective way to do so is the creation of a more authentic leader. They also need to exhibit the qualities that made earn those positions. That is what makes gender equality in leadership more sustainable.

Article By: Cynthia Musafili Wright, A speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, Aged Care Clinical Consultant and Philanthropist.

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Oyetola Oduyemi: Thoughts on IWD 2020 – Each for Equal

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Oyetola Oduyemi, Executive Director at tengvoX Consulting

Each for equal to me means – Acceptance. Fairness. Partnership. Support. Giving opportunities along lines of competence, skills, interest, desire, ability. Not gender or race or tribe, or any divides irrelevant, or that should be irrelevant, to the pivotal task of nation-building that we have at hand.

Parts make up the whole. When some parts are prevented from performing their roles, or are rendered ineffective and can only perform sub optimally, the state of ‘wholeness’ will never be achieved. When the human population takes away the opportunities for women to contribute to advancement – of communities, countries, continents, and the planet, due to fears, insecurities, cultural history, ignorance, and stereotypes; we will never achieve the level of development needed to propel us forward as a people. We need to support one another, to achieve our goals of sustainable progress.

Changes I want to see

Do not underestimate, or ignore the potential of women. Nor should anyone be threatened by this. We need less competition and more collaboration unhindered by gender lines.

One company adopted the pose of a man and a woman combining to strike the #eachforequal pose. This resonated strongly with me because it spoke of partnership, alliance, cooperation of all; each gender- man and woman, collectively taking a stand for equality. This is what we need – to collaboratively create a gender equal world, free from labels and preconceptions.

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To the women, I applaud us. Our uniqueness, strength, and drive. And I encourage us to not give in or give up. When faced with existent discrimination, we have two choices. The injustice of being treated and viewed with prejudice can be demoralizing, but as women we must stay strong and motivated. Make the choice to drive gender parity, be letting all see that we are not only capable, we are indeed invaluable. Let us choose to stay present, and give our best.Not just for ourselves, but also for generations of women to come.

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Bukola Bankole: Thoughts on IWD 2020 – Each For Equal

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Bukola Bankole Partner, TNP

International Women’s Day is a day of reflection and celebration of everything we’ve achieved especially over the past century. This year’s theme #EachForEqual is about equality. There has been an uprising in recent times about the need for constructive inclusiveness of women in all aspects of human life.

What does this really mean? – it means eradicating all forms of double standard against women, putting an end to marginalization for no reason other than gender. Women around the world have exhibited what would happen if the standards are as favorable to us as it has always been for the men folk!

I’m a firm believer that our collective wisdom and strength has the power to transform every aspect of suffering in the world. The theme #EachForEqual, is drawn from the idea of “collective individualism”. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindset have an impact on our larger society and collectively, we can take away the gender stigmatization, change the narrative and create a gender equal world. Because, an equal world is an enabled world.

Let’s not forget, equality in so many ways must start with respect. So, I want to see a world where women are championed, a world where we celebrate women and girls just as much as we celebrate men and boys, where we are given the same opportunities, a world where men celebrate our achievements, our triumphs and our successes.

This, is the agenda. It’s in pushing for gender equality in the boardroom, in government, in the media, at the workplace, in investments, in health and even more in wealth. Equality is everyone’s business, each one of us has an important role to play in making this a reality. It remains our duty as a modern society to respect one another and to foster a culture in which each individual is respected and supported to thrive, regardless of gender.

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