Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Betelhem Mengistu

Betelhem Mengistu

Humanitarian Worker at the International Rescue Committee

Betelhem Mengistu is a humanitarian worker at the International Rescue Committee who provides support for refugee and local communities in Ethiopia. She has an MA Degree in Social Work from Addis Ababa University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Hawassa University. She has more than eight years of experience working for local non-governmental organizations and international humanitarian organizations in human rights, gender equality, social and economic empowerment of women, and gender based violence in Ethiopia. She is engaged in planning, organizing, and executing capacity building activities in GBV prevention and response, creating favorable protection environments, ensuring the provision of basic needs and services—especially for girls and women who are most vulnerable during emergency situations—and promoting durable solutions for refugees and local communities. She also works to improve women and girls’ access to diverse services including psychosocial, health, education, protection, and legal assistance through program design/implementation and research/studies. In addition, she has developed capacity building manuals, guidelines, and program monitoring and evaluation tools to inform and improve programming during emergency and post recovery situations. Her research interests focus on gender inequality and women and girls’ safety and protection in humanitarian contexts.