2019 - 16 Days of Activism

Meet Vanessa Tsehaye, Eritrea/Sweden

"I use my uncle's name to fight for the Eritrean people."

Meet Vanessa Tsehaye, Eritrea/Sweden

Vanessa Tsehaye grew up hearing her uncle's story—journalist Seyoum Tsehaye has been unjustly imprisoned in Eritrea under inhumane conditions and without a trial since 2001. Now she's making sure that his case is not forgotten. Founded by Vanessa in 2013, One Day Seyoum is a youth-led organization that campaigns for the release of unjustly imprisoned people in Eritrea and for the liberation of all Eritreans. Pretty cool, huh? Get the full story below.


Read more about the incredible work of One Day Seyoum on their website.

Learn more about Vanessa and her human rights work here.

Earlier this year Vanessa attended Claiming Our Space: Emerging Feminist Voices for Peace—our summit co-hosted by Nobel peace laureate, Leymah Gbowee, and the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa!