Yetnebersh Nigussie

Director, Advocacy and Rights, Light For The World

Yetnebersh Nigussie is an Ethiopian human rights lawyer who pushes for women’s and girls’ rights, inclusive education and a vibrant civil society. As a blind women, she is a strong advocate for the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Nigussie has changed perceptions of disabilities in Ethiopia and internationally with the compelling message: “Focus on the person, not the disability. We have one disability, but 99 abilities to build on!” Currently, she is a Senior Inclusion Adviser for Light for the World, an international disability and development NGO which fights for the inclusion of the 15% – about 1 billion – of the world’s population who have some kind of disability. It strives to create inclusive conditions for future generations by connecting national realities with international frameworks.