Ms. Blen A. Sahilu is a lawyer and women's rights activist with expertise in criminal law, human rights law, gender law, and gender and media. She served as a lecturer at Addis Ababa University School of Law for over seven years starting in 2007 and as the Assistant Dean of the Addis Ababa University, School of Law (AAU) from 2010 to 2012. Ms. Blen remains affiliated with AAU through a university-based women's rights activism initiative that she co-founded with her students known as the Yellow Movement. She serves as a mentor to young women activists and works with various women’s rights organizations to highlight issues of inequality and gender-based violence in Ethiopia. She is also the co-founder of Ekool Ethiopia which works on matters of human rights and a cofounder of Afro Trotter Diaries, a travel blog focused on art and culture which aims to encourage women, African in particular, to travel, explore, and share their stories. She is currently serving as an advisor to the President on matters of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and she was elected as one of the forty-one named members of National Reconciliation Commission.