Selome Argaw, Senior Legal Adviser for Africa


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Selome first joined the Center in 2012 as an intern and then worked as a consultant before becoming a Legal Fellow in 2013. Over that time, she has drafted shadow letters on Tanzania and Kenya, comments on Kenya’s draft Patients’ Charter, and a submission on “Access to medicine in the context of the right to health” to the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. She also played a key role in our East Africa Reproductive Rights litigation workshop.

Prior to her work at the Center, Selome worked as a Gender Program Officer with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Addis Ababa. She was also a researcher for the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and a volunteer at African Services Committee (NY). Her work in those capacities mainly focused on program management, research, and advocacy on issues of gender equality, gender-based violence, and harmful traditional practices.

Selome grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she earned an LLB from Addis Ababa University. She received her LLM in International Law and Justice magna cum laude from Fordham Law School and a masters in gender studies from Addis Ababa University. She speaks Amharic.