Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia

A member of the MACIMIDE Executive Board, Prof. Valentina Mazzucato, MACIMIDE researcher, Dr. Bilisuma Dito, and GTD post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Konjit Gudeta discuss and reflect on how the corona crisis affects the well-being of female workers in foreign flower farms and textile factories in Ethiopia, in light of their research project on Well-being, Women, and Work in Ethiopia (3WE). Many of these female workers the 3WE project focuses on are internal migrants and some have international migration to the Middle East in their backgrounds. Valentina ‘COVID-19 is much more than a health crisis, it is also and very much an economic crisis for many people in developing countries.’  Konjit ‘…in terms of their mental well-being. I’ve spoken to women who felt stressed and worried by the situation and how their jobs will be affected.’
Read on the 3WE project here (www.3we.nl)
Dito  Bilisuma
Bilisuma Dito is an Assistant Professor in the Globalization, Transnationalism and Development Research Program, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. She participates in various international projects studying individual’s well-being in their various familial, social, and normative contexts, focusing on Africans in their origin countries or in migratory contexts. She is highly interested in interdisciplinary and mixed methods research. 
Valentina Mazzucato is Professor of Globalisation & Development and she directs the research programme on Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development. She has obtained numerous international research grants to study migration between Africa and Europe and currently heads the “Mobility Trajectories of Young Lives (MO-TRAYL)” project funded by a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (2017-2022). She is Executive Board member of the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Konjit Hailu Gudeta
Konjit Hailu Gudeta is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Society Studies at FASoS. Konjit has been a collaborator in international and regional research projects in Ethiopia. Recently she participated in the International Study of Work and Family (ISWAF) involving over 35 countries,with the main objective of assessing the positive experiences of combining work and family life and managing the boundaries between them across different countries and cultures.