About us

The Yellow Movement AAU is an Addis Ababa University initiative began by a Law School Lecturer and a group of students to speak up for women and girls rights. It was started two and half years ago to campaign for better protection of women from Gender Based Violence. Even though groups like this are common in many parts of the world, this initiative and the simple methods it employs are a first for the University. It has now about 30 core team members, both male and female, and many more volunteers.

Our team

Hilina Birhanu

Co-Founder and Advisor

A Mo Ibrahim scholar, Hilina recently received her master’s degree from SOAS, University of London (LL.M in Law and Gender). A full time feminist and a passionate women’s rights activist, Hilina co-founded the movement as a 3rd year law school student along with other like-minded advocates. Hilina has represented YM and her work in many international platforms, including as a Mandela Washington 2015 Fellow at the age of 23 making her the youngest representative to the fellowship from her country Ethiopia to date. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mehret Equbay

Social Media

Mehret Berehe has over four years of experience as a Women’s right activist . She currently works as a Civic and Ethical Education Instructor at the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia and Campaign Organizer for the Yellow Movement AAU. As a Civics teacher, she has encouraged a Socratic style of teaching, pushing her students to question their customs. As a Campaign Organizer, she has been responsible for organizing weekly forums for discussing gender roles and fundraising to support girls in need of sanitation and stationary material in the Addis Ababa University. Because of her active endeavors in these projects she was chosen to take part in the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa program in 2015 and the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program from 2017. She has chosen to pursue her career in the educational sector because, as a recent graduate of Law and activist, her passion has been to support young people to create forums for healthy discourse around issues that matter the most to their future; gender, climate change and politics. A very active Social Media activist for Women’s RIghts, Mehret has contributed many pieces to our #ThoughtsOnaWednsday Segment as well as a blog where she discusses Books, Feminism and all that's good in the world. Facebook: Mehret Okubay Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Blog: http://mehretokubay.wordpress.com/

Rediet Kefale

Social Media

Rediet Kefale is a young leader from Ethiopia with a Law degree, and currently applying her talents to an organization that works towards empowering young girls in Ethiopia. Whilst studying Law at Addis Ababa University, Rediet engaged in organizations that gave her the chance to work towards her passion for issues like Human Rights and Peace. These organizations include The Yellow Movement, a club that advocates for gender equality, Rotaract, an organization that promotes better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service while developing professionalism for youth. Rediet also participated in different regional and international leadership programs such as YALI and Global Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED. Rediet in general describes her experience in all these organizations - fulfilling as it has allowed her to broaden her perspective about the world while still developing a deeper understanding of herself and her place in the world. Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hewan Solomon

Social Media

Hewan is an honor role student in the College of Law and governance, Addis Ababa University (Class of 2019). She has been a member of the Yellow Movement since her freshman year. She is the head of table day which is our main tool for activism. Hewan is also a public relation manager in Addis Ababa University Female Student Association and one of the first Girl Guide and volunteer in World Association for Girl Guide and Girl Scout in Ethiopia. She is very passionate about education, women empowerment, human rights, justice and feminism. She wakes up every morning with an energy to solve the problems around her concerning gender based issues and make a difference in her community. Hewan believes the counter act to gender based violence and gender inequality is education and hence she aspires to work towards shaping inclusive and gender sensitive educational policies and curriculums. She is Alumni of young african leaders initiative east Africa, Nairobi where she has successfully attended a civic leadership training. Facebook- Hewan Solomon Email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hami Bogale

Hami Bogale is a Law Student in Addis Ababa University (Class of 2020). She is a dedicated and committed Feminist, always passionate to speak up for those who can’t. Previously, she participated in other organization that are associated with helping children like YWCA and as peer educator at African AIDS Initiative International. Currently she is an active member at the Yellow Movement.

Elshaday Getachew

Elshaday is a student at Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance (Class of 2020). She has been a member of the Yellow Movement since 2016. She is a member of Rotaract club of Atrons. And works as an assistant of Interact club. Elshaday is also a peer educator/trainer at African Aids Initiative International. She is an advocate of Women’s and Children’s rights. Being of service to others is her main objective in life. Facebook- Elshaday Getachew Email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Hermela Abate

Hermela is a law student at Addis Ababa University (Class of 2019). She is also an intern at Matu Consult , where she is able to learn much about the issues that encumber Africa . she has been a member of the Yellow Movement since 2015. She is very passionate about gender equality, child rights, and civic consciousness. Hermela believes that challenges with regards to gender equality can only be overcome if each of us fight the injustice women face everyday. Email:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kalkidan Kedir

Kalkidan is a Law student (Class of 2019) and has been a member of the Yellow Movement since 2014 . and served as an event team head since 2016 She is passionate about equality and women's empowerment, she is one of the first trained volunteers in the World Association of Girl guides and scouts in Ethiopia. Kalkidan is also a peer educator at African Aids Initiative International. And Alumni of young African leaders initiative east Africa, cohort 10 . Facebook ;kal kidan Email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Hawi Geleta

Hawi joined the Yellow Movement in her first year of Law School. She is an energetic and optimistic person,dedicated to issues related to gender equality. She also partakes in voluntary works involving the youth. Currently she is a member of Rotaract Club of Atrons and African AIDS initiative international. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rediet Andualem

Valentines day team

Rediet is a Law School students (Class of 2019) at Addis Ababa University. She had been an active member of the Yellow Movement since freshman year. She is a member of valentines day team and helps organize the event. As a feminist she is passionate towards working to empower women and working against gender based violence. She is very involved in community service and does volunteer work when ever she can. She believes that women’s rights should be respected not because they are mothers, wives and sisters but because they are human beings. Email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mahlet Tadesse

Mahlet is currently a student at Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance (Class of 2020). She is a passionate feminist committed to changing the world to make it a better place for women. She has been a member of the Yellow Movement since her first year in law school. She is a member of other community serving clubs such as Rotaract and African AIDS Initiative International. She also volunteers in different organizations like the Network of Ethiopian Women’s Association. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lidya Habtay

Lidya is currently a Law School studentst at Addis Ababa University (Class of 2019) , College of Law and Governance studies. She is active and involved in various community service platforms and is always striving to better her community. She joined the Yellow Movement in her first year of Law school. She is a part of the events team and helps organize various events . Lidya is driven when working with education , gender equality and human rights . She also has a strong and certain stand against gender based violence and believes that women's rights is a basic human right that cannot be foregone. Email :- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Amen Ayele

A graduate of Addis Ababa University College of Law and Governance Studies, class of 2016. Very passionate about books and serving her community, she has been an active and passionate addition to the Yellow Movement. She has also served as a paralegal at the Addis Ababa University, Human Rights Centre- Access to Justice Project. Amen is one of the 80 participants of Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Centre for East Africa’s Inaugural Cohort. She has served within the Executive board of the Addis Ababa University Students’ Peace Club. Currently, she is working in Danish Refugee Council on SGBV and Child Protection.

Helina Stiphanos

An aspiring legal researcher, Helina is a graduate of Addis Ababa University, School of Law (Class of ‘16). She is an adamant advocate of fairness and justice; she has worked at the Addis Ababa University Center for Human Rights, as a paralegal, for almost two years. Helina joined the Yellow Movement, AAU on January, 2012 and served as Events’ Team Head until she graduated from University on July, 2016. Helina takes pride in being a youth leader who was a participant in the YALI RLC EA, first cohort. She is currently interning at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

Makda Asrat Photographer

Makda Asrat is now a Law graduate from Addis Ababa University. She has enrolled for a 5 years LL.B Law degree in 2011 which she successfully graduated on July 9, 2016. she is a human rights activist fighting against gender inequality in creating a violence free environment where all women and girls have the opportunity to grow professionally, economically and socially. In her University stay, she managed to become a social change maker through Yellow movement, AAU since 2012. Within this time frame, setting aside being the camera girl behind every scene, specifically she served as a public relations head for two years and the head of the communications team since 2014, which includes the tasks of a secretary general; Rotaract (service above self and volunteerism, served as head of the PR, Interact Director, Treasurer, Secretary General and a Vice president for the past 5 years); YNCCC (youth negotiation on climate change convention, served as a PR for a year), Legal aid service provider at Lideta Federal High Court of Ethiopia and a peer educator at HIV AIDS Initiative (AAII, for 5 years). During her summer breaks, she have worked as a Junior legal advisor and a Professional Photographer aside from interning in a private law office. She is also a YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative, Regional/ Cohort 3) Alumnus where she was trained leadership skills and took business entrepreneurial courses and design thinking for 12 weeks in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, her professional position is Commercial Assistant at Embassy of the Czech Republic in Addis Ababa while doing different African based Article writings on the side where she made her first publication on Nov, 2016 by Africa24media. (http://www.a24media.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Mo-Amin.pdf) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. LinkedIn : Makda Asrat

Solome Sintayehu Social Media

Solome is a Law School Student at Addis Ababa University (Class of 2020). She is known for her punctuality and report writing skills. She has been much dedicated to the Yellow Movement since her freshman year. She is an advocate of women's right,she has also been active participant in the African AIDS Initiative International,as a peer educator. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Mahlet Yilma (kuki) Book Club

Mahlet is a graduate Linguistics student at Addis Ababa University (Class of 2017). She is passionate about books,education and equality. Mahlet is one of the first trained volunteers in the World Association of Girl guides and Scouts in Ethiopia. She trained young student girls through self-esteem and body confidence. she is currently serving the yellow movement as the book club head. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Organization


Goals

To engage students in to taking responsibility for the change they want to see on their campus, city and ultimately their nation. To raise awareness for better treatment of women and to support female students who are in dire need of financial support to afford basic necessities as they go through College.

Basic principles

Two basic ideas inspire and guide our initiative. First, we understand that many great social changes and movements were begun by a small, committed group of people. And second, we believe that the most important resources needed to do this work are time and passion; and at the Yellow movement we make time and we have plenty of passion.

Affiliations and collaborations

The Yellow movement works under the umbrella of the Addis Ababa University Gender Office. It collaborates with the Addis Ababa University Communications Office, College of Law and NEWA (Network of Ethiopian Women’s Associations).

Why the Color Yellow?

Initially, we were known as ‘the volunteers’, and had decided to do some work and build team spirit before selecting a name. One day as we were considering different colors for a team T-Shirt, a few of our volunteers chose the color Yellow and explained why it is the best color for us. It is bright, hopeful, it is the color of the sun and it draws attention. We want people to notice us and to ask questions as we campaign on campus, and we want them to feel inspired and imagine a better future for women as they talk to us. That is why we chose Yellow because it symbolizes a hope and belief in a brighter future.

Who can be a member?

Anyone willing to invest their time and energy to create a safer world for women and children can be a member/volunteer at the Yellow Movement.

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Contact Info

  • Addis Ababa University, Yellow Movement
  • Campus: Main Campus (Sidist Kilo)
  • Nelson Mandela Building, 3rd  Floor
  • Office numbers: 306 and 302
  • Tel: +251-111-23 38 28 (office)
  • Fax: +251-111-23 97 66
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