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My name is Broktawit Amanda Wubeshet, but since my name is quite long most of my family and friends call my Brooke (Brok). I am a girl that is born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but moved as a 2.5-year-old with my family to Sweden. With my background and origin, I always have been interested in international matters, different cultures and I have a passion for justice and peace.
Currently, I am doing my last semester of my master of law program from University of Uppsala the Faculty of law. I have had the opportunity to be part of an exchange program between my law school back home and the University of Minnesota Law School. Last semester I took courses at the U of M with around 90 other international students and American law students. My focus was on international law and international human rights. I also took classes on constitutional law, immigration law and an introduction course into American law and also physical education classes outside of law school.
After a wonderful, informative and educative semester I decided to stay in Minneapolis for an internship at Global Rights for Women, which is a non-profit organization that works with ending violence against women in the world. During the last few months I have been able to read different cases from the European Court of Human Rights dealing with domestic violence, assist with research, shadow reports for the monitoring committee for the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women. I have been honored to meet survivors of different kind of violence, to help and understand their situations better.
These last days in Minnesota, I have had the opportunity to be trained in a coordinated community responds (CCR) workshop for the Duluth model, that has been recognized as the worlds best method to combat domestic violence by the World Future Council and the UN Women.
When I was planning to stay here in Minneapolis for my internship, I was seeking for a Christian community because it was important for me to have the fellowship. I heard about KPA from one of my friends, and I thought the house sounded awesome. It has really been a blessing to stay here for the last couple of months. I love that you always have someone you could talk to, both about things that matters and about random things. Also, I have enjoyed having family dinners every Sunday night and worship/prayer nights. It has meant a lot, especially when you miss your own family or home Church.
Right now I’m dreaming of a lot of things for the future, and broken people are dear to my heart. My desire is to see other people and their circumstances and hopefully help them with my knowledge and education. I wish to bring light where its dark, happiness and Gods love to people all around. I love the scripture from Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Something that I hope I fully grasp and carry on into my life as it continues.