Women First


The WOMEN’s FIRST 5km Run- Running Event for women only, which started in 2004, the same year as the Athens Olympics, to recognize the achievements of Ethiopia’s great female athletes will be held on March 10, 2019 this year. The run also aimed to support the changes regarding the role of women in Ethiopia’s economic and social life. The Olympic Gold medalist and the winner of the London Olympic 5000m, Meseret Defar, is the ambassador of this event. More than 100,000 girls & women aged from 5-75 have taken part in the 15 editions since the first in May2004. The Women First Run has grown to be the biggest women only run in Ethiopia and one of the biggest in Africa. This race to mark the international women’s day (March 8) has become a celebration of the overall contribution of women in our country’s development.
This year’s message “I Lead” has been chosen drawing inspiration from the amount of women leaders that are in high positions.
The 16th Edition of the Annual Women First 5km women only run will be held on 10 March, 2019 with a total of 13,000 women participants.