On February 13th, Ethiojobs was awarded two awards for its extensive work on disability inclusive employment. The award was organized by the Ethiopian Business and Disability Network (EBDN). EBDN is a network founded by the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD); it is an initiative that addresses disability as a diversity issue from a private-sector perspective encouraging private businesses to have more inclusive recruitment and employment practices. This was
The event was attended by a variety of participants ranging from high ranking government official from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) to private sector representatives like Ethiojobs and Mosaic Hotel. The event featured a keynote address from MoLSA representative Mr. Feleke, who highlighted the importance of hiring persons with disabilities as it helps achieve the overall economic goals of the country. As part of one of the internship and apprenticeship programs ECDD implements in collaboration with Handicap International, testimonials from interns with various disabilities were also presented. Addis, one of the interns who shared her experience, is a social work graduate who interns for the city government’s child protection unit. She describes her experience as necessary for her future career path; she added that without opportunities like these, it is impossible for disabled people to progress. A common sentiment shared during the event was that hiring people with disabilities is not an act of charity but an essential act to further any company’s goals as well as the country’s socioeconomic status because persons with disabilities are as competent as their non-disabled counterpart.
The event was concluded after awarding both interns and employees to encourage other employers and potential employees to follow suit, Ethiojobs received two awards for inclusivity. Dagmawi Dawit, a major player in the training and development team at Ethiojobs, was honored with a certificate of appreciation for the soft skills training he provided ECDD. This event is important as it sheds light on the development of the Ethiopian professional world, especially the private sector, in the direction of inclusivity.
Source : Ethiojobs