THE plan by an Ethiopian bank to operate an all-female branch has received varied reactions on social media. The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) announced on Monday that it had opened the said branch in the capital, Addis Ababa.
On social media platform, Twitter, users have expressed polarising views. The majority say it was an unnecessary publicity stunt, while others called for the move to be reconsidered. Only a few expressed support.
Ethiopia has, at the political level, been celebrated for giant strides in women appointments. Under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the country has Africa’s only female president as at April 2019, in the person of Sahle-Work Zewde.
Abiy’s cabinet as of October 2018 has gender parity with women occupying 10 of 20 slots. The Supreme Court judge is Meaza Ashenafi, the first woman to hold the post, with the elections board also led by Birtukan Mideksa, a former judge.
CBE, is the largest commercial bank in Ethiopia, established in 1942. The bank says it’s the pioneer of modern banking in the country with more than 1,340 branches.