Yetnebersh Nigussie (Ethiopia)

Yetnebersh Nigussie is an Ethiopian lawyer working for human rights based on her own experience of being discriminated against coming from a “developing country”, being young, a woman – and blind. She is fearlessly pushing for women’s and girls’ rights, inclusive education and a vibrant civil society. Nigussie is an outstanding advocate for the rights enshrined in the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Through her tireless efforts, she has changed perceptions on disability in her own society and internationally with the compelling message:

“Focus on the person, not the disability. We have one disability, but 99 abilities to build on!” Presently a Senior Inclusion Advisor with the Austrian NGO Light for the World, Nigussie fights for the inclusion of the 15% – about 1 billion – of the world’s population living with some kind of disability. She strives to create inclusive conditions for future generations by connecting national realities with international frameworks.

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Yetnebersh with daughter Credit privat

Yetnebersh with daughter
Credit privat

Yetnebersh at HLPF2016 Credit UNKNOWN

Yetnebersh at HLPF2016
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Yetnebersh - Ggroup picture of livelihood program beneficiaries

Yetnebersh – Ggroup picture of livelihood program beneficiaries

Yetnebersh - recognition from a beneficiary of a livelihood project

Yetnebersh – recognition from a beneficiary of a livelihood project

Thematic learning programme project closure with stakeholders at ECA

Thematic learning programme project closure with stakeholders at ECA

Yetneberesh with colleagues HLPF2016 Credit Joel Sheakoski

Yetneberesh with colleagues HLPF2016
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That Feeling When Credit Florian Platter

That Feeling When
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Yetnebersh with Rupert Roniger 25th anniversary light for the world Credit Thomas Meyer

Yetnebersh with Rupert Roniger
25th anniversary light for the world
Credit Thomas Meyer

ECDD 10th anniversary celebration

ECDD 10th anniversary celebration

Licht fŸr die Welt feiert den 20. Geburtstag. FOTO: Yetnebersh Nigussie Molla (Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development)

(C) Anna Rauchenberger – Wien, 21.11.2008 – Licht fŸr die Welt feiert den 20. Geburtstag. FOTO: Yetnebersh Nigussie Molla (Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development)

Yetnebersh Nigussie Credit Studio Casagrande

Yetnebersh Nigussie
Credit Studio Casagrande

visit to a cattle fattening project supported by ECDD in a cooperative of persons with disabilities

visit to a cattle fattening project supported by ECDD in a cooperative of persons with disabilities

 

Licht fŸr die Welt feiert den 20. Geburtstag. FOTO: Yetnebersh Nigussie Molla (Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development)
ECDD 10th anniversary celebration
Yetnebersh with Rupert Roniger 25th anniversary light for the world Credit Thomas Meyer