EWLA is a legal organization, but its aims are explicitly related to women's rights.
EWLA presents papers, does research, legal aid, goes to court, so much work.
EWLA works closely with the government, for example on violence against women with the police.
EWLA has been the most significant civil society actor involved in pressing for legal change.
Research by EWLA focused on issues such as 'Harmful Traditional Practices' (HTPs), and the implications of the federal revised Family Law on the rights of women.
In collaboration with the Network of Ethiopian Women's Associations (NEWA), EWLA produced the first ever Shadow Report on government compliance with CEDAW.
It provides a wide variety of legal advice and counselling to women, including court representation by EWLA lawyers working on a voluntary basis.
One EWLA member and lawyer pointed out the way EWLA stands out above other groups:
The difference between EWLA and other organizations is that EWLA are highly visible, highly public, very passionate, and very vocal in speaking about women.
This has had profound effects on EWLA and their ability to continue their work.
Women's civil society organisations, with EWLA being the most prominent, have clearly been targeted by this new restrictive legislation.