Awet Tesfaiesus: Meet the First African-Born Woman Elected into German's Parliament

Awet Tesfaiesus: Meet the First African-Born Woman Elected into German's Parliament

  • Awet Tesfaiesus of the Green Party has become the first African-born woman elected into German's parliament, known as the Bundestag
  • The 47-year-old lawyer won in the recently held German elections on Sunday, September 26
  • Tesfaiesus was the candidate for Hessen, which includes Frankfurt and Kassel, where she lives

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Eritrean-born politician and lawyer, Awet Tesfaiesus, has become the first African-born Black woman elected into the German parliament, the Bundestag.

Tesfaiesus, who ran on the ticket of the Green Party, won during the recently held German elections on Sunday, September 26.

She was the candidate for Hessen, which includes Frankfurt and Kassel, where she lives.

Awet Tesfaiesus Elected into German's Parliament
Meet the First African-Born Woman to be Elected into German's Parliament Photo credit: Awet Tesfaiesus
Source: Twitter

In the Bundestag, the 47-year-old plans to fight racism, discrimination, and advocate for asylum law.

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About Awet Tesfaiesus

Born in Eritrea, Tesfaiesus migrated to Germany with her family at the age of six and grew up in Heidelberg.

Since graduating from Frankfurt University in 2006, Tesfaiesus has been practising law, often representing asylum seekers and refugees, Dehai News reported.

Active politics

She became a member of the Greens Party in 2009 and was thrust into active politics following the 2020 shooting in Hanau, just outside Frankfurt, in which a neo-Nazi sympathiser killed at least nine people.

Her name, Awet, means victory in her native Eritrean Tigrinya language.

First Female Director of Noguchi

Recently, Professor Dorothy Yeboah-Manu became the first woman to be appointed as the Director of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).

Professor Yeboah-Manu is the head of the Bacteriology Department at the NMIMR and is taking over from her predecessor Professor Annang, who retires from active service on July 31, 2021.

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research issued a message on Twitter to announce Professor Dorothy Yeboah-Manu's appointment.

Source: Yen Newspaper

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