Updated: August 10, 2022 2:07 p.m. STI
New Delhi [India]Aug. 10 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday congratulated Ethiopian Women and Social Affairs Minister Ergogie Tesfaye on receiving the ICCR Distinguished Alumni Award.
In a tweet, Jaishankar wrote, “Glad to welcome Minister for Women and Social Affairs Ergogie Tesfaye from Ethiopia back to India. Congratulate her on receiving Distinguished Alumni Award from Indian Council for Cultural Relations ( ICCR).
She also met Virendra Kumar, Indian Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment and discussed mutual cooperation.
“I had a wonderful discussion with Hon. Dr. Virendra Kumar, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment of India, in New Delhi. We discussed how to work together. My sincere thanks to the honorable Dr Virendra Kumar for her warm welcome,” she tweeted.
Ergogie Tesfaye received the Distinguished Alumni Award which is given to ICCR alumni who have studied and completed a course in India under the massive ICCR scholarship program.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of External Affairs responsible for propagating the culture of India abroad. The ICCR, under its Distinguished Awards program, administers five awards, namely, Distinguished Alumni Award, Distinguished Indologist Award, World Sanskrit Award, Award for Promotion of Buddhist Studies, and Annapurna Award.
For the year 2021, Ergogie Tesfaye, Minister of Women and Social Affairs of Ethiopia is one of the five distinguished laureates. The Minister completed her PhD in Anthropology from Andhra University from 2013 to 2016 under the ICCR Fellowship Scheme.
Ergogie Tesfaye has served as Minister of Women and Social Affairs of Ethiopia since October 2021. Prior to her current portfolio, she held the portfolio of Minister of Labor and Social Affairs from October 2018 to October 2021.
Prior to being appointed Minister, she served as Vice President (Research and Community Service) at Wachemo University, Director (Gender and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control) and Secretary of the Senate at St. Mary’s, Addis Ababa. She was also a lecturer at St. Mary’s University.
She has carried out research and produced documents in particular, concerning women, HIV, etc. She has been actively involved in addressing issues related to HIV, gender strategy, sexual and reproductive health strategies, anti-sexual harassment policies, etc.
The Minister was also instrumental in organizing the “Artificial Limb Adaptation Camp” in Addis Ababa (November/December 2019). The camp was set up by Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), of Jaipur Foot, as part of the “India for Humanity” project. The camp has provided services to over 500 people with disabilities. (ANI)