Victoria Melkisedeck Lihiru- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Victoria Melkisedeck Lihiru will spend her Professional Fellowship at the University of Vermont Center for Disability and Community Inclusion.

Victoria Melkisedeck Lihiru is an emerging leader in Tanzania, bringing with her a wealth of experience on gender and social inclusion in Tanzania and beyond. She holds a Master’s Degree of Law in Human Rights, Constitutional Law, and Regional Integration. It is this precedent that led her to past work experience with the Open University of Tanzania, UNWOMEN, Tanzania Women Cross-Party Platform, UNDP, Action for Disability and Development (ADD International), and currently with the Institutions for Inclusive Development Project managed by The Palladium Group as a Governance Manager. Victoria has spent most of her career time building strategic partnerships with Government, public institutions, development partners, private sector and like-minded CSOs, in advocating for recognition, respect and provision of key services to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups (Women, and Persons living with disabilities), particularly the right to quality inclusive education, inclusive employment and participation in decision-making processes.

Keeping in line with this area of interest, Victoria’s project focuses on bridging the gap between female graduates living with disabilities and potential employers in order to enhance employability in accordance with SDG Goal 8 on Decent work. She intends achieve such a broad goal through the measurable step of having all final year university women with disabilities at university identified, registered on an online platform, capacitated on employability skills, and connected with potential employers.