Elshaday’s lecture on gender and human rights had two main parts. The first part was providing a brief overview of the International Human Rights system with a particular focus on the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The second part of the lecture was on specific issues that are of major concerns to women's human rights and particularly focused on violence against women and girls. In this section she has also discussed examples from her own experience working with an HIV/AIDS orphan support project, with rural vulnerable adolescent girls and from the community service programme at the Center for Human Rights.
Elshaday Kifle Woldeyesus currently works at the Center for Human Rights at the Addis Ababa University and started her doctoral research on “Political Participation of Women in Ethiopia” at the University of Graz in October 2017. Her doctoral studies are embedded in the AAPLHRE project, a cooperation between the Ethiopian Civil Service University, Addis Ababa University and University of Graz. She was a researcher at the University for Peace – Africa Programme and at the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, World Bank. She holds a master’s degree from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.