Vienna, Austria, September 2018 - Ethiopians and Eritreans alike are celebrating the breakneck speed of a rapprochement between Addis Ababa and Asmara, two longtime enemies. Closer ties between the two will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the Horn of Africa. 100 Guests followed an invitation by UPF Austria in cooperation with UNCAV, United Nation Correspondents Association and the „Horn of Africa“ Peace Initiative on 14th of September to participate in an Horn of Africa Women‘s Forum – Women Empowerment and Development. Speakers included Ms. Yohanna P. Teklu from London, Secretary of Eritrean Women‘s Association in the United Kingdom, Ms. Mahta Tewolde from London, Eritrean Youth Association in the United Kingdom, Ms. Etenesh Hadis from Ethiopia, who serves as Chair of the African Women‘s organization in Vienna, Austria and Ms. Hadiel Osman from Sudan who lives in Vienna, Austria. Mrs. Elisabeth Cook, vice president of UPF Austria served as the moderator of the discussions.
On the 15th of September in the afternoon a „Celebration of Peace“ in the Horn of Africa with dance and music from the region, words of inspiration and a buffet with traditional food from the Horn of Africa was organized. Mr. Yeared Tesfay from Eritrea Embassy Media in London, who served as the MC for the evening: „The new era of peace and cooperation between the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia will have historical benefit to the region and expressed readiness to make up years of lost opportunities of cooperation and partnership. it is notable and quite interesting that the ongoing peace initiatives between Eritrea and Ethiopia are largely being led and carried out by Eritreans and Ethiopians themselves. Of course, while the support of the international community and various other partners is vital, tangible solutions have to involve and be led by local actors. Simply, if you formulate your own solutions to your problems, you habe every reason and incentive to see them work.“