Hawassa University Gender Affairs Directorate

Hawassa University Gender Affairs Directorate was established in 2002 G.C to ensure gender equality and empowerment of female students and staffs in every activity of the university.


  • Hawassa university gender affaires directorate aspires to ensure the realization of a gender responsive university in which substantive gender equality is realized.


  • The mission of the directorate is to enable the university excel in providing a gender responsive organizational environment and to integrate gender into function of the university in order to attain gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Activities performed by Gender Affaires Directorate

Students welcome

The welcome program starts at the beginning of every academic year. Junior and senior members of the gender club take the responsibility of receiving newly arrival students and assist them with their luggage and direction. Despite facilitating the reception of students the directorate distributes informative brushers for the new arrivals. The directorate also prepares welcome ceremony. In such ceremonies junior female students share their experience about the campus life for fresh students.

The directorate also follows the proper placement of fresh female students in accordance with their choice and the university rules as well as regulations.


In collaboration with various governmental and non governmental organizations, the directorate facilitates different trainings for female students. The trainings that are facilitated by the gender affaires directorate cover various thematic areas such as:

  • Assertiveness
  • Life skill
  • Leadership
  • Awareness creation on HIV/AIDS
  • Reproductive  health
  • Sexual harassment
  • Study skills and Note taking
  • Human rights etc.

Girls’ tutorials

The directorate in collaboration with academic departments and the university carry out girls’ tutorials on selected courses for female students.

Economical Support

The directorate in cooperation with partner organizations helps needy female students with financial support on monthly basis. In this regard more than 200 students get such assistance every year. The directorate also avail photocopy service for students with financial problems. It also provides needy female students with sanitary and stationary materials this includes soaps, tissue papers, sanitary pads, exercise books and pens.

Other activities

  • The directorate helped dismissal and readmitted students in collaboration with various organization and different departments of the university by providing them with certificate level trainings in areas of:Supports girls with special needs;
  • Hotel management
  • Salesmanship
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Give guidance and counseling service;
  • Played a major role in organizing and capacitating the university’s gender club;
  • Provides internet and other services for female students;
  • Collaborated with DKT Ethiopia and FAWE/Packard Foundation for the construction and furnishing of reproductive health kiosk at the University’s premises; and
  • Currently, the directorate is developing a gender work place policy 
Enhancing Partnership

The Gender Directorate within few years of its establishment succeeded in creating partnership with various governmental and non governmental organizations that works on issue related with gender. In this regard for the last few years we had strong collaboration with

  • HAPCO 
  • FAWE
  • VSO


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Armaye Assefa
Director, Corporate Communication & Marketing Directorate

  • Phone: +251462200341/+251462209331/+251462212720

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