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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