The 21st edition of the Women First 5km Race is all set to make headlines on February 17, 2024, promising to be an event like none other with an estimated participation of 16,000 women. The race is primed to become a vibrant celebration of women’s empowerment, capturing the spirit of unity and progress.
Expectations run sky-high as over 200 world-class athletes prepare to push their limits in this fiercely competitive race.
The stakes are high, with the winner taking home a substantial prize of 125,000 birr. And if any athlete manages to break the existing record, they will be rewarded with an additional 50,000 birr bonus, adding an extra dose of excitement to the race.
The announcement was made by Cecile Mukarubuga, the UN Women Ethiopia Representative, speaking on behalf of Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.
The theme for this year, “Invest in women: Accelerate progress,” shines a spotlight on the critical importance of investing in initiatives that champion gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Mukarubuga passionately emphasized that investing in women goes far beyond a mere act of charity; it is an essential step that benefits society as a whole but cannot be achieved without financial investment.
Official registration for the race kicked off on February 2, 2024. Interested individuals can secure their spot at 10 selected Dashen Bank branches, serving as the official payment partners for the race. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this milestone event!
This year’s race holds a special place in the hearts of participants as it coincides with the joyous celebration of Ireland’s National Day, St. Patrick’s Day. Ireland has been a steadfast supporter of the Women First 5km Race.
Nicola Brennan, Ireland’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, enthusiastically encouraged all participants to embrace the joy of running, appreciating the race’s positive impact on their health, fitness, and overall well-being.
Beyond its role in promoting women’s empowerment, the Great Ethiopian Women’s 5km serves as a poignant tribute to the remarkable 30-year relationship between Ireland and Ethiopia.