On Saturday, December 19, 1959, on the occa-
sion of the 25th anniversary of the Ethiopian
Women's Welfare Association at Janhoy Meda
His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I offi-
cially opened the festival. Below is His Imperial
"We are happy to witness that the Women's Welfare
Association has reached this important event of cele-
brating its 25th Anniversary.
This Association has, since its creation during the
war, rendered many social services.
This is not the first time that Ethiopian women have
served their country and their Emperor side by side with
their menfolk, as history can vouchsafe this well-known
We are satisfied with the ability that Ethiopian
women have shown in Our new educational progress.
Not only is it Our desire that, in the future, women should
not have less chance than men but it is also Our intention
to encourage them to make equal contributions by
participating with their menfolk in the various projects
for the development of their country,
It is Our hope that this Women's Association, es-
tablished under the patronage and guidance of Her
Majesty the Empress will continue to prosper and in-
crease the number of its followers by inspiring them
with its good example. We will not fail to mention
on this occasion the late Princess Tsahai and Lady
Barton who had dedicated their efforts for the founding
of the Association. Nothing gives Us greater happiness
than having founded development programmes and
seeing that men and women are now equally benefitting
from the projects which we initiated for all Ethiopia,"
Speeches delivered by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie Ist Emperor of Ethiopia on various occasions - page 183 -