March 9, 2018
Ethiopia’s Yetnebersh Nigussie, a prominent activist known for promoting the rights of people with disabilities, is named the winner of The Spirit of Helen Keller Award 2018.
The Award was established in 1959, during Hellen Keller’s lifetime, according to information available on Helen Keller International.
Yetnebersh Nigussie will receive the Award at a Gala organized in New York in early May this year. She was also the winner of The Right Livelihood Award in 2017.
Inspired by these awards, Light For The World, an organization Yetnebersh works for announced a new award, Her Abilities Award. The Award will globally honour women with disabilities who have remarkable achievements in life and/or realm of work.
Yetnebersh, who lost her eyesight at the age of five, is known for her advocacy that rather focuses on abilities.
She studied law at Addis Ababa University and has also a master’s degree in Social Work. She is married and has two daughters; Ahati and Zema. She described her kids as “a joy and inspiration in her life.”
She is married and has two daughters, Ahati and Zema, who she describes as a joy and inspiration in her life.
In a related development, American Foundation for the Blind named Haben Girma as one of Helen Keller Achievement Award Winners 2018. Born to Eritrean mother and Ethiopian father, Haben is the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. Haben is an advocate for equal opportunities for people with disabilities
Sources: Light For The World, Wikipedia
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