The Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) has announced the launch of a national free telephone line to report violence against women during the upcoming national elections.
The association’s executive director, Lensa Beyene, said at the launch of the national hotline: The project, implemented by the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, aims to prevent violence against women in this year’s elections and to provide free legal, medical and legal assistance in the event of a crisis.
He said the hotline service will help receive information and respond to violence against women during the pre-election and post-election periods. He also said that it contributes to the security and equal participation of women in elections and politics.
He noted that women may be subjected to physical, psychological, and gender-based violence in the run-up to elections.
Victims and those who witnessed the attacks said they can call the toll-free hotline 7711 for information, legal aid, and counseling services.
The free service number (7711) was officially launched two months ago for women who are unable to pay for legal services.
The project was implemented with the support of USAID in collaboration with the National Institute of Women Lawyers in collaboration with the National Democratic Institute (NDI).