30th Anniversary of NUEW in London from 16 – 18 Oct -2009


The National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) was established in 1979 as one of the mass organizations of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front. In its current form, the NUEW is an autonomous non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the status of Eritrean women.

During Eritrea’s liberation struggle, NUEW succeeded in organizing and encouraging women’s participation in the war effort. Since independence in 1991, NUEW has continued to enhance the role of women by raising their political consciousness through literacy campaigns, credit programs, English language lessons, and other skills training.

NUEW is administered by a headquarters office located in Asmara, as well as by regional offices located in all six zones. Membership numbers over 200,000 women. Sources of income include monthly membership fees, grants and projects, and fund-raising activities by members.


The NUEW seeks to ensure that all Eritrean women confidently stand for their rights and equally participate in the political, economic, social,and cultural spheres of the contry and share the benefitis.


  • The development of women’s confidence in themselves and respect for one another, and the raising of consciousness to ensure their rights in the political and legal systems;

  • Laws that protect women’s rights in the family: entitlement rights and other civil laws;

  • Equal access to education and employment opportunities: equal pay for equal work and equal rights to skills development to promotion;
    Improved access to adequate health care, paid maternity leave, and child care services;

  • The eradication of harmful traditional practices that endanger women’s health and well-being;

  • The reduction of poverty for Eritrean women and their families.

  • The NUEW played a major role during the drafting of the Eritrean Constitution by organizing workshops and sensitizing women on the crucial issues that concern women. NUEW has played and continues to play a key role in advocating for, monitoring, and evaluating the formulation/planning and implementation of government policies and programs from a gender perspective.

  • SOURCE – National Union of Eritrean Women ( Web)