Rahel Weldeab Sebhatu
Rahel Weldeab Sebhatu is a postcolonial feminist, Pan-Africanist, political scientist and an independent researcher. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (minor: Political Science) at the University of Asmara in Eritrea, and her Master of Science in Global Studies (major: Political Science) at Lund University, in Sweden. She has also taken many advance level courses in gender, postcolonial theory, Middle Eastern studies, and media and communication studies.
While pursuing her bachelors, she initiated what would be a ten-year career in international affairs at the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS). Through that experience, she had been part of initiatives related to diaspora issues, gender, peacebuilding, Pan-Africanism, and youth policy. Rahel’s research interests include diaspora studies, postcolonial theory, postcolonial feminism, knowledge production, decoloniality, [youth participation in] peacebuilding, diplomacy, negotiations, transnational activism, and resistance.
In 2009, Rahel was the 2nd place winner of the CIPE International Essay Competition in the category of citizenship in a democratic society (title of essay: Engaging Youth in Decision-Making: A Path toward Active Youth Citizenship in Eritrea), an essay which has also been cited on Youthpolicy.org.
As a result of an academic internship at Lund University’s Department of Political Science, Rahel wrote a working paper titled (En)gendering youth for gender-just peace and transitional justice with UN Resolution 2250, which has been featured as one of the thematic papers connected with the UN’s Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security.
Rahel conducted further research on UN Security Council Resolution 2250 for her master’s thesis, titled “(En)gendering and Securitizing Youth with UN Security Council Resolution 2250”. Other academic publications written by Rahel include Reaching higher: Women liberators and gender (2017) and The Digital Mediatization of Feminist Foreign Policy (2017).
Leadership positions that Rahel has held include member of the NUEYS Central Council (2005-2013), Vice-President of the Pan African Youth Union for the East Africa/Indian Ocean region (December 2011-2014), member of the International Steering Group for UNOY Peacebuilders (January 2011 – June 2014), and the Vice-President and co-founder of the Association of African Affairs at Lund University