Feminist Blogger, Ethiopia
Billene Seyoum Woldeyes holds an MA in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and is an MA candidate in Peace, Security, Development and International Conflict Transformation at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She earned her BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and a diploma in Marketing Management from Addis Ababa Commercial University College in Ethiopia.
Woldeyes is currently the Deputy Training Lead at the Institute of Peace and Security Studies - Africa Peace and Security Program in Addis Ababa She has extensive experience and expertise in gender issues and gender mainstreaming. She blogs about women’s rights and social development issues in Ethiopia, contributes to the online pan-African newsletter, Pambazuka News, on topics that concern the rights of women and girls, and edits a newsletter for the Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD).
Woldeyes is currently researching and compiling material for a book and database on "Ethiopian Women of Accomplishment", commissioned by the Network of Ethiopian Women’s Association. Among her own many professional accomplishments in the field of gender issues, Woldeyes has conducted focus group discussions with Ethiopian rural schoolgirls and community gatekeepers to assess media literacy; assisted the establishment of the first Ethiopian women’s bank; developed a social entrepreneurship business plan that proposes a market-based solution to tackle gender-based violence in Ethiopia; and assisted the facilitation of a workshop among South Sudanese women in government, education and civil society on the topic of Women and Security Governance.