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Amal Ahmed Ismail

Amal Ahmed Ismail joined the European Institute of Peace as a Human Rights Officer in April 2020.  She has worked as a Research Assistant and Workshop Organiser at Ameha Mekonnen and Associates Law Office (AMALO) from 2016-2019. She is a member of the Ethiopian Human Rights Counsel (EHRCO), one of the most prominent human rights NGOs in Ethiopia; and has volunteered various times supporting EHRCO’s women, children and disability rights policy. She is also a member of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the Network for Digital Rights Ethiopia (NDRE) and worked as a Workshop Organiser in both organisations. 

As a feminist human rights defender, she is a member of East African Women Human Rights Defenders, and the Coalition of Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders. She is also a member of the advisory board for the knowledge-based dialogue for national consensus organised by International IDEA, IRM and IGA with the support of the EU as of 2019.  

She served as a Public Prosecutor from 2010-2013 at the Federal Ministry of Justice and half of this time was spent on the women and children department. While serving as a Public Prosecutor she has brought various challenging cases to justice and resolved the problems according to the law of the country. 

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Amal is writing her master’s degree thesis in human rights at the AAU Human Rights Center. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in law at Unity University. She completed her high school and elementary studies at the Nazareth School in Addis Ababa.