Habesha Women’s Health Expo Comes to the Bay Area

The Habesha (Eritrean and Ethiopian) Women’s Health Expo committee members Almaz Nigusse,Helen Woldai, Rahwa Meharena,  Mimo Haile,  Selam Asmerom, and Tigisti Weldeab (not pictured). Photo by Spencer Whitney

The Habesha (Eritrean and Ethiopian) Women’s Health Expo committee members Almaz Nigusse,Helen Woldai, Rahwa Meharena, Mimo Haile, Selam Asmerom, and Tigisti Weldeab (not pictured). Photo by Spencer Whitney

The Habesha (Eritrean and Ethiopian) Women’s Health Expo (HWHE) will host a health expo on February 8th to raise awareness in the Habesha community about healthy living.

A fundraising cocktail event will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Liege Lounge, 481 9th St in Oakland. A $10 donation is requested. The annual Bay Area Habesha Women’s Health Expo is scheduled for Jan. 25.

“We’ve found that many Habesha women in the community may not know what resources are available to them in terms of having a nutritional diet or know where to get vaccination. So we want to streamline the process and connect these women,” said Almaz Nigusse, a HWHE committee member.

“We are a small group of dedicated young and educated Eritrean/Ethiopian women who have noticed the lack of support that Habesha women experience while residing in the Bay Area.”

By the end of 2014, Niguisse says the organization hopes to reach over 200 Habesha women who will have gained increased knowledge of women’s health and mental health resources in the Bay Area.

The goal is to reach Eritrean/Ethiopian women ages 18 and above to create women’s health awareness on breast and cervical cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, as well as mental health awareness.

For more information about the event visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8675315101/es2

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6 Comments

  1. Absolutely a great cause! Ok first of all, you ladies in the photo are Beautiful! I was just reading about many different ways to improve my health on this page “Wellness Pulse” and they only offer all natural ways which is what I prefer. I hope next years conference is a huge success too.

  2. Thank YOU Spencer W. for taking the time to study our vision and giving up recognition worldwide! We appreciate your support! Thank YOU Post News Group for your dedication and hard work to improve our community! We are very humbled for this apportunity! For those of you interested in being apart on our listserv feel free to shoot us an email: habeshahealth@gmail.com

    Almaz

  3. danaiet

    Enough trying to devide us!!!!!!!! Focus on the positive things they are trying to do!!!!!!! For people outside the country, we are habesha!! we all the same!

  4. danaiet

    So great to see ladies! I am trying to do the same thing in Canada, Calgary. Please keep me posted and maybe we can work together to have healthy immigrants! bravoo haftey! xox

  5. Hiz

    Great cause but just so you know the term “Habesha” is not all inclusive of the people of Ethiopia.

    “The peoples referred to as “Habesha” today include the Amhara, Gurage and Tigre,Tigray-Tigrinya. Together, the Amhara, Tigray and Gurage ethnicities make up about 35.5% of Ethiopia’s population…”

    Hence, the term leaves out nearly 65% of the Ethiopian population.

    • A w

      Where did you get that information? The word Habesha means, as defined in the article includes the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea. But let’s focus on the cause these women are organizing the event. I definitely supporting.

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