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Title:Siniddu Gebru: Pioneer Woman Writer, Feminist, Patriot, Educator, and Politician
Author:Molvaer, Reidulf K.ISNI
Periodical:Northeast African Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:biographies (form)
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
History and Exploration
Women's Issues
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
Education and Training
Equality and Liberation
About person:Siniddu Gebru (1916-)
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/northeast_african_studies/v004/4.3.molvaer.pdf
Abstract:Siniddu Gebru was born in 1916 in Addis Alem in Mennagesha (near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). She studied literature at Lausanne University (Switzerland) and, during her working career, was perhaps known first of all as a school directress, but she was also involved in many other activities. During the war with Italy she was a freedom fighter and set up a Red Cross unit. She wrote songs, poems and plays, although most of her production remained unpublished. She wrote about nationalist issues and on moral and social matters. She did all in her power to accelerate progress and modernization in Ethiopia and was elected a member of parliament in 1955, where she worked particularly to raise the social position of women. During the late 1960s and early 1970s she worked as an educational attaché at the embassy in West Germany, but returned to Ethiopia, where she still lives and writes, after the turbulent changes in the wake of the 1974 revolution. Notes, ref.