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The 2024  Safaricom Women First 5km took place on Sunday 17th March 2024. 

The WOMEN FIRST 5km, a 5km women’s-only run in Addis Ababa, was started in 2004 – the same year as the Athens Olympics – to recognize the achievements of Ethiopia’s great female athletes. It also aimed to support the broader changes regarding the role of women in Ethiopia’s economic and social life. Ethiopia’s double Olympic gold medalist Meseret Defar is the ambassador for this event.

The 21st edition of this popular women’s-only 5km run in Addis Ababa takes place on Sunday 17th March 2024.

The event forms part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day (8 March) and highlights the contribution of Ethiopian women to the development of economic and social life in the country. Ethiopia’s great female athletes have played a significant part in this. The race takes place in the Bole district of Addis Ababa with the start and finish near to Atlas Hotel.

Each year, this race publicizes important social messages which focus on women’s empowerment as well as achievement. 

The race message in 2024 is ‘Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress’ 

The world is at a crucial crossroad for gender equality. With increasing conflicts, climate change and polarizing societies, women’s rights are increasingly coming under threat or being rolled back and standing up for women’s rights is more important than ever.

The number of women living in conflict-affected settings has increased by 50% since 2017. Climate change amplifies existing gender inequalities, posing specific threats to women’s and girls’ livelihoods. In many parts of the world, women and girls have the principal responsibility for securing food, water and energy for their families and communities. As climate change intensifies, women’s unpaid care work and domestic work increases.

Investing in women, a human rights issue

Gender equality is the greatest human rights challenge, benefiting everyone. It is not just an aspiration but a catalyst for progress. By ensuring equal opportunities for women and girls, we pave the way for a more equitable and sustainable world for all.

There is no smarter investment than investing in women and girls to reduce inequality and poverty and set the stage for development.

Over 100 million women and girls could be lifted out of poverty if governments employed a comprehensive strategy aimed at improving access to education and family planning, fair and equal wages, and expanding social transfers.

As women and girls are the majority of the world’s poor, it is imperative to make the rights of women a top political and development priority. This includes ensuring women’s equal political participation and representation which is key to robust democracies and to guarantee that more inclusive decisions are made.

Empowering and protecting women

Supporting women’s economic empowerment and ensuring access to education, health and other services are critical steps towards achieving gender equality and fostering inclusive development.

Investment in reproductive health, for example, very cost-effective and a key to economic development. Providing access to reproductive health, particularly family planning and maternal health services, helps women and girls avoid unintended or early pregnancies and unsafe abortions, as well as pregnancy-related disabilities.

Protecting women and girls from gender-based violence and harmful practices is also essential for their well-being and advancement.

Harnessing the potential of girls

Harnessing the potential of girls and addressing their challenges is also crucial. Girls around the world continue to face unprecedented challenges to their education, their physical and mental wellness, and the protections needed for a life without violence.

With adversity, however, comes resourcefulness, creativity, tenacity, and resilience. The world’s 600 million adolescent girls have shown time and time again that given the skills and the opportunities, they can be the changemakers driving progress in their communities, building back stronger for all, including women, boys, and men.

Implementing gender-responsive financing

Financial investment in women remains alarmingly low. An additional $360 billion annually is needed to achieve SDG 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The current economic structure is pushing more women into poverty. Today, 1 in every 10 women lives in extreme poverty, and projections indicate 342.4 million women and girls will not have moved out of extreme poverty by 2030 unless we shift current trends.

Accelerating gender equality through energy investments

In Ethiopia, access to energy is a binding constraint with a strong gender dimension. Lack of access to energy affects women’s well-being and economic opportunities. Ensuring access to energy propels transformative results for gender equality, such as reducing women’s time poverty and unleashing women’s economic empowerment. Three-quarters of those living without modern energy live in Africa, with disproportionate impacts on women and girls across the region. Therefore, closing energy access gaps for women and men through building sustainable energy systems that advance development and climate goals is essential.

UN in Ethiopia

As a United Nations – our value is encapsulated in the words ‘We the Peoples’ to remind us the reason why countries came together to build a brighter future. People are at the center of everything we do. We strongly believe investing in women is a human rights imperative and cornerstone for building inclusive societies, and we will continue to provide unwavering support to Ethiopia to address its challenges and sustain the progress it has already made towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

International Participants from around the world

2024 Safaricom WOMEN FIRST 5km

The 21st edition of this popular women’s-only 5km run in Addis Ababa takes place on Sunday 17th March 2024.

The event forms part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day (8 March) and highlights the contribution of Ethiopian women to the development of economic and social life in the country. Ethiopia’s great female athletes have played a significant part in this. The race takes place in the Bole district of Addis Ababa with the start and finish near to Atlas Hotel.

The online race entry fee is £30 and includes the official race t-shirt and a souvenir medal. Online registrants should collect their race packs from the race office near to Haile Grand Hotel in Lambaret (0116 635757) in race week from Wednesday 13th March to Saturday 16th March 2024. The latest time for collection is 5pm on Saturday 16th March 2024.

To register: CLICK HERE

Registration for the 2024 race is now underway

We will be giving regular updates and latest news via our social media channels:

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Twitter: @greatethrun 

Instagram: @greatethrun 

YouTube: @GreatEthiopianRunET 

Click here for Elite Women’s race results. 

 
Click here for Icon Women’s race results. 
 
Click here for Fitness Challenge race results.
 
Click here for Ambassador ‘s race results.
 
 
 
Training tips from Meseret Defar

4-week training plan for WOMEN FIRST 5km:

4 weeks to go:

Discipline is everything – stay at it!

Session 1

Walk 5 minutes – jog 5 minutes – walk 5 minutes – jog 3 minutes – walk 2 minutes

Session 2

Walk 10 minutes – jog 5 minutes – walk 10 minutes

Session 3

Walk 5 minutes – jog 5 minutes – walk 5 minutes – jog 5 minutes – walk 5 minutes

Session 4 (as group)

Walk 2 minutes – jog 2 minutes – and repeat

Walk 1 minute – jog 1 minute – and repeat 4 times

Walk 2 minutes – jog 2 minutes – and repeat

Walk 1 minute – jog 1 minute – and repeat 2 times

3 weeks to go:

Test yourself – try some interval training

Session 1

Walk 5 minutes – jog 1 minute – walk 1 minute (repeat 5x) – walk 5 minutes

Session 2

Walk 5 minutes – jog 5 minutes – walk 5 minutes – jog 5 minutes – walk 5 minutes

Session 3

Walk 5 minutes – jog 1 minute – walk 1 minute (repeat 5x) – walk 5 minutes

Session 4 (as group)

Walk 5 minutes – jog 5 minutes – walk 5 minutes – jog 5 minutes – walk 5 minutes

2 week to go:

Don’t attempt too much – just keep in your routine

Session 1

Walk 2 minutes – jog 8 minutes – walk 2 minutes – jog 8 minutes – walk 2 minutes

Session 2

Walk 2 minutes – jog 2 minutes – and repeat

Walk 1 minute – jog 1 minute – and repeat 7 times

Walk 5 minutes

Session 3

Walk 2 minutes – jog 8 minutes – walk 2 minutes – jog 8 minutes – walk 2 minutes

Session 4 (as group)

Walk 3 minutes – jog 5 minutes – repeat 3 times – walk 5 minutes

Go Green 2022-23 Plan

ACTION 1: WE WILL MINIMISE CARBON EMISSION

ACTION 2: WE WILL RECYCLE WHEREVER POSSIBLE 

ACTION 3: WE WILL ENCOURAGE DISPOSAL OF RUBBISH 

ACTION 4: WE WILL USE LESS PLASTIC 

ACTION 5: WE WILL USE LESS PAPER 

ACTION 6: WE WILL WORK TO CREATE AWARENESS ABOUT ENVIRONMENT 

Results

The race results for each category in the event (elites, ambassadors, icon women and chipped runners) will be available one hour after the race on our event website. 

Securing your place in the run

Our standard entry system for residents of Ethiopia opens well ahead of the event.  

Discounts on race t-shirts

In line with standard policy across all races we organize, there are no discounts on registration fees for race entry fees. 

How to collect your t-shirt?

Once you are registered to participate in the Women First 5km, please make sure you keep your receipt in the right place. The distribution of race packs and t-shirts for Ethiopia residents takes place 3days before the race day. 

Race course

The race course starts and finishes at Atlas Hotel. A map of the race course is available on our website and in the official race magazine.  

Training for the race

Great Ethiopian Run has a membership programme which offers a range of benefits including training sessions for the 10km and guaranteed race places. 

 

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