Yemaleda Shekim

Ethiopia

In 2007, PMC published Yemaleda Shekim (“Burden at a Tender Age”) consisting of 13 short stories on harmful traditional practices in Ethiopia, chosen from 99 submissions.

Yemaleda Shekim contributed to the Whole Society Strategy supporting the 2007-2015 Female Genital Mutilation Project, along with a radio talkshow, Gudayachen (“Our Concern”), two radio magazines, Naedetai (“Let’s Stop, This Is Enough”) and Igaddaa (“We Do Not Want It Anymore”), seven Capacity Building Training Workshops, and three other books, Yaltenabebu Libotch (“Incongruous Hearts”), Wurse (“Inheritance”), and Mulu Sew (“The Complete Personality”). In addition to these components, PMC has produced TV and radio spots and leaflets in three languages (Amharic, Afar, and Somali).


PMC’s book Yemaleda Shekim in Ethiopia shared 13 short stories on harmful traditional practices submitted from the public. Competition to be chosen was significant with 99 people submitting stories.

Making a Difference

As part of Whole Society Strategies for important health and social messages, PMC has published a total of 10 books in Ethiopia and one book about the effectiveness of using books for social change. All of these books have been distributed to the libraries of government agencies, UN organizations, professional associations, schools, and other relevant organizations.

Project Information

Title: Yemaleda Shekim (“Burden at a Tender Age”)
Format: Whole Society Strategy – Book
Location: Ethiopia
Duration: 2007

PMC Country Staff:
Country Representative: Dr. Negussie Teffera

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