Frehiwot Negash born and raised
in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. By profession I am an Admin and
Finance officer working for a private company that deals with renting and
selling of construction machinery. From childhood, I love to provide voluntary
service to those in need. It gives me a great pleasure as I believe that I am
sharing the burden of my community and my country in general. I can say that
nothing gives me a great pleasure than being there for those whom I never
expected a return. Therefore, Voluntary work is not only my passion but also my
lifetime commitment that I considered as one of the purposes of my life.
To fulfil my life purpose, I am
member and volunteer of Mathiwos Wondu YeEthiopia cancer society. What I do
here is, creating awareness about breast cancer and participate in fundraising.
In addition, I am one of the founding members of ‘’BEGARA ENEGARA’’ an informal
charity group on Facebook which is working to support community members who are
destitute especially children and persons with disability. Together with my
group members ‘’BEGARA ENGARA’’ we managed to facilitate the first fundraising
dinner to support Macedonians Humanitarian Association. (a shelter for mentally
challenged and elders). This humanitarian indigenous association was really in
need of financial support as the founder was the only person who was supporting
the centre from his own pocket. The centre was facing a huge financial
challenge and we have managed to raise about 1.5 million birr.  In 2015 I have been named as top social media
influencers in Ethiopia by former British Ambassador H.E Greg Dorey. His main
reason was through social media I have empowered women and promote my country
to the world. And British Embassy has supported me to my campaign in raising
books for Victory School of Deaf which I shared on Twitter. And together with
H.E Ambassador Greg Dorey we donated 220 books for the school on December 7,
2015. And currently Young African Leaders Initiative online volunteer
Awareness- I promote women
empowerment using social media and promote my country using social media.
Optimistic- I am optimistic
about Africa.  Africa that will be peace
on itself. Africa that empower women. Africa that uses its local resource while
creating market leading global brand.
Humility- I believe that being
humble will reward me and it is one of the best personality that everyone must

My influence would be my
childhood hero, my aunt. She used to help those in need while she was in this
world. I saw her passion for other people. I saw how she was humble enough to
win the love of others. I can say she has shaped my life to see those in needy
and now I am following her footsteps. You don’t have to be rich to be there for
others who are in needy.

Taytu Betul- She was an
Ethiopian empress. She was not only a wife but also a strategic leader that
advised her Husband Emperor Menelik in the fight against colonization. She was
really powerful women.
Nelson Mandela- He was an icon
of the world. He raised and fought issues such as racism, women empowerment, he
also dreamed about Africa’s peace within itself. While making friends of his
enemy.  His leadership was really
amazing. He  was a courageous person who
pardoned his enemy no matter what they did to him. He was humble person.
Ophrah Winfrey – She was a
victim of abuse but that didn’t keep her in a closed door. She is now of
influential and successful person in the world.

My goal for the next five years
would be, to empower women as much as I can. We have an issue like some
professions are only for Men so we have to remove this thought from the younger
generation. Women can do men professions. Especially IT fields and engineering
which were feared by many females because society only gives these professions
only to the men. So we have to encourage the younger generation by showing them
that women can be an engineer, doctor and pilot so on. We have to break the
ground rule. My friends are my accountability managers.

The African women challenges
are many; to begin with, female genital mutilation, early marriage, drop out of
schools and lack of sanitation pad and work burden in their home. I am helping
some girls who can’t afford to buy sanitation pads in our neighbourhood. And
also sensitise their families about FGM and it’s negative effects and the need
to educate the girl child.
I relax by watching movies
especially comedy, reading books, and hanging out with friends and closed ones.
MY   –   I.C.E.
Because I think that African
women have been marginalised previously. When women are empowered they can lift
their generation high. When women earn additional income, their families enjoy
better health, nutrition and education. So we have to remove the societal
belief that men only can bring income to their families. Women can be mothers,
in addition, they can be income generators. They can do both. So let us give
them the opportunity just like men. Let us not deny them the education they
need. Let us put an end to early marriage also stop the barbaric FGM practice.
If I had the privilege to work
with African union women empowerment would be the critical assignment. This I
would achieve by reaching out to those girls in the rural areas in a bid to
know their right, like the right to education amongst many other rights in line
with the Sustainable Development Goals #SDG. 
Every girl child deserves to learn. Also in this light, I would ensure
the who abduct young girls for early marriage without their consult be
prosecuted and dealt with appropriately. I chose this one because, in Ethiopia,
girls are brides at an early age without their consent.
My advice to the African women
is to be themselves – Be original, even when they have women role models. They
should not imitate men they have to be themselves! IN expressing their
originality, they exude smartness thereby winning life’s seeming battles/obstacle.  The African Woman ought to be strong enough
to win the challenges the society always puts on her.