Yetnebersh Nigussie is a 35-year-old Ethiopian lawyer and outstanding advocate for the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). She is married and has two daughters, Ahati and Zema, who she describes as a joy and inspiration in her life.
Becoming blind at age five, she was raised in rural Ethiopia and only escaped an early marriage because she was considered as unfit for marriage by the community. Overcoming social and institutional barriers, she graduated from Addis Ababa University securing her first degree in Laws and later earning her Master’s in Social Work. She is also a student of Executive Master’s in Managing Peace and Security in Africa in Addis Ababa University. Through her personal experiences, work and education Yetnebersh became the inspiring, authentic role model she is today.