Yordanos (Yordy) Nega – Women Deliver

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2020

Yordanos (Yordy) Nega

  • Age: 23
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The unjust world we see now is the product of yesterday, and we, young people, are building tomorrow as we live today. Young people are the bridge that connects the past to the future, so active youth engagement is crucial in engineering a better tomorrow.

- Yordanos (Yordy) Nega

Bio

Yordanos Nega is a final year university student currently doing her degree in Law. She is an active member of a student led movement named Yellow Movement at Addis Ababa University and a young woman champion for climate justice under a project ran by YWCA. She has also served as a director for an international organization named InventSTEM, her pillar worked on advocating for STEM accessible policies for different marginalized groups, such as women and people living with disabilities. Besides being in the 2020 class of Women Delivers Young leaders program, she is a member under the coalition of Ethiopian Women Human Right Defenders in collaboration with Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA). She was able to get a nomination as a “Women Human Rights Activist” in acknowledgment of her participation and efforts in the coalition.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

My burning aspiration for a fair world is what ignited my pursuit for gender equality. I have never shied away from calling myself a feminist or a gender equality advocate. Some people have undermined my fight against injustice, but that has only made me more passionate about creating a world where everyone is equal. I won't stop my fight until every single human in the world has the exact same choices because nobody is free unless we're all free.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

As a member of The Yellow Movement, we have an annual project where we sell candies, flowers, and cards for Valentine's Day. The money we raise is used to support female Addis Ababa University students who are unable to afford sanitary pads and stationary required to finish their education. This year, The Yellow Movement was able to generate hundreds of thousands of Birr and help over 200 female students. I am very proud of my role in this annual event that impacts my sisters in a positive way.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

One of my passions in life is the concept of the power of the mind. I am deeply intrigued by spirituality and a positive mindset. I believe anything is possible with a combination of positive mind and a precise plan. The other thing I am passionate about is poetry. Art gives this world a colorful lens, and I'm lucky to get my share of this artistic flavor by writing poems every now and then as a hobby.

Languages Spoken:

  • Amharic (Advanced/Native)
  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Tigrinya (Intermediate)

Speaks On:

  • impact of economic dependence in domestic violence
  • perception of women in the media industry
  • safe abortion

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • Sseko-Berchi Scholarship