Selamawit Imiru Mersha

Selamawit is interested in creating safe access to Sexual Reproductive and Health Services for Young People, Young Girls and Women. She has been passionate about SRH since she was a child as the concept of SRH is not discussed in her community and access to SRH information, education and services were difficult to access. She has worked on SRHR projects as project coordinator and as youth advocates advisor. Selamawit has also facilitated capacity building trainings on life skills and SRH education and Meaningful Youth Participation/Youth Empowerment on SRH Programming.

Selamwit passionate about Gender Equality. She believes that young women and girls should be given equal opportunity and programs should be intentionally designed from the lenses that they benefit young girls and women and should be able to track down the impacts they have made on the lives of women and girls. She has worked on technical role on Gender Mainstreaming and she has experience in facilitating Gender Transformative Approach Trainings.

Selamawit is also interested in Mental Health and she plans to become an advocate for access to mental health services in Ethiopia as Mental Health issues are not given due attention in her country. She hopes to advocates for mental health services for all and for young people as Most young people suffer from mental health problems and access to mental health services in Ethiopia is minimum.

General Information

Employment Status
Employed full-time
Current Organisation Name
Global Health Fellow - Ideas42
As a Trainer


Project Coordinator and Youth Council Facilitator
06/11/2016 - 22/11/2019
Livelihood Specialist
24/11/2019 - 24/10/2021
Thematic Expertise
Gender Equality
Contraception and family planning
Disability & SRHR
Harmful traditional practices (child marriage-FGM/C)
Safe abortion
Sustainable development goals (SDGs)
Comprehensive sexuality education
SRHR policy & enabling environment
Technical Expertise
Program management
Monitoring and evaluation & Research
Strategic Expertise
Rights Based approach
Lobbying & advocacy
Programme development (theory of change)
Intervention development
Meaningful Youth Participation
Stakeholder involvement
Behaviour change communication
Gender-transformative approach
Youth empowerment
Diversity & inclusiveness
Design thinking
How many trainings have you facilitated?
Do you have experience with training of trainers?
I have trained the following groups
Civil Society
The main principles that influence my training approach are
Gender Equality
Diversity & inclusiveness
Evidence Based
Rights based
Recognition of prior learning
Meaningful Youth Participation/Youth Empowerment
Recognition of prior learning
Gender Transformative Appraoch


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Selamawit Imiru Mersha

Location: Ethiopia

Language: English