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ECPAT Ethiopia/ Forum on Sustainable Child Empowerment (FSCE)

FSCE is a value driven organisation. Its core values are the principles that it cherishes and follows in serving disadvantaged children and working with communities and various stakeholders. The guiding values of FSCE have been agreed upon and endorsed as binding principles to be adhered to by the board, management and staff in serving its beneficiaries and building working relationship with other stakeholders.

Emmanuel Development Association

Emmanuel Development Association (EDA) is an Ethiopian-based aid organization that is committed to improving the lives of children, youth, women, and families. The organization’s mission to improve the lives of the most vulnerable groups is achieved by improving the quality of education, health, children’s wellbeing, financial growth, and stability. EDA has been providing care and support to Ethiopian communities since 1996.


According to a 2016 research, child marriages have considerably decreased in Ethiopia: in 2011 8% of women aged 15-19 were married before their 15th birthday against 16% of those aged 20-24 and nearly 40% of 45-49 year old women.

In August 2016, UNICEF and Ethiopia’s religious leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the promotion of the rights and wellbeing of children, adolescents and women and to end harmful traditional practices and violence against children.

In July 2016, Ethiopia adopted a new Law on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling that stiffens the penalties, increases prevention measures and strengthens cross-border cooperation.


Disrupting Harm: Ethiopia

Year: 2022

ECPAT International
Ethiopia – Legal Checklist: Key Legal Interventions to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism

Year: 2021

ECPAT International
Ethiopia – Country Monitoring Report

Year: 2007

News from Ethiopia


Age of Consent


Age of sexual consent is 18 years. The national legislation does not provide for a close-in-age exemption.

DH Legal Analysis Ethiopia, 2020

Extraterritoriality & Extradition


Universal extraterritorial jurisdiction is provided for some SEC related offences such as trafficking for prostitution, acts that involve “obscene or grossly indecent” material and organizing pornographic performances. Active and passive extraterritoriality is provided for the rest of SEC-related offences but requires double criminality.

Extradition requires minimum gravity of one year of imprisonment as well as double criminality.

DH Legal Analysis Ethiopia, 2020

CSAM Definition


The national legislation does not provide a definition of CSAM which is in line with international standards.

DH Legal Analysis – Ethiopia, 2020

Background Check Required


There are no mandatory legal provisions for criminal background checks. However, the national legislation establishes the possibility of depriving convicted persons of their right to exercise a profession when the nature of the crime and the circumstances under which the crime was committed justify such an order.

DH Legal Analysis Ethiopia, Jun-20

National Commitments


Ethiopia has ratified the CRC, the OPSC, the Trafficking Protocol and the ILO Convention.

Ethiopia has also ratified the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

Ethiopia has not ratified the OPIC, the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics nor the AU Convention on Cyber Security and the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote and Budapest Conventions.

DH Legal Analysis Ethiopia, 2020

Child Advocacy Centers

Not Yet Assessed

SEC Police Unit

Not Yet Assessed

Protection Standards Travel and Tourism


There are no child protection standards for the travel and tourism industry in place.

SECTT Legal Checklist Ethiopia, 2020

Public SEC Case Data

Not Yet Assessed

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