Desset Abebe is a human rights activist and an African feminist from Ethiopia, currently working as a programme focal person for UN Women Ethiopia Country Office, Women in Leadership and governance thematic area. She is engaged extensively in the feminist movement in Ethiopia apart from her career engagement on empowering women in leadership and engendering the media. She has over nine years of experience working as a human rights expert, researcher and trainer, including managing projects on gender equality, She published a journal article in Trade Union rights of Government Employees in Ethiopia in the Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights and co-authored research on Decent Based Discrimination against the Manja Community in Ethiopia. Currently a board member of the Young Women Christian Association, Desset believes in empowering young women to realise their potential by not giving in to the hurdles set up by society and their inner self doubt. She also believes in the power of the individual will to change the future of both a single person and a whole nation. Desset is passionate about pursuing knowledge and enjoys reading books and networking with people. She studied her first degree in Law art Haromaya University and her Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratization at the University of Pretoria. After working for a while in her country's national human rights institution, she went back to school to understand the government and studied political science.