The Ethiopian village founded on equality

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In the UNDP’s 2014 Gender Inequality Index, sub-Saharan Africa ranks as the world’s region with the greatest gender inequality. But in northern Ethiopia, there’s a village striving to be different.

The community of Awra Amba was founded in 1972 on the principles of egalitarianism. Today, the community embraces gender equality, democracy, and sustainable community development.

Filmmakers Paulina Tervo and Serdar Ferit are collaborating with the community to create an interactive documentary featuring ten short films on topics such as gender equality, eldercare, and democracy. The project is set to be released next year.

Interested in the project? The Awra Amba Experience is looking for organizations to help them share the themed videos. Get in touch with Awra Amba by visiting their website. You can also follow the project on Facebook and Vimeo, or watch the Awra Amba Experience's film currently being featured in the International Museum of Women's Imagining Equality exhibit here.

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