Wele Elangwe, LL.M. ’10, Wins Presentation Award, Publishes Paper on Gender Equality


Wele ElangewWele Elangwe, LL.M. ’10, recently published an article on gender equality in an African Development Bank publication, and won the top award for best faculty oral presentation for her talk titled “From Disdain to Esteem: An Auto-ethnographical Study on the Socio-Cultural Attitudes on Disability in Africa and the United States.” She gave the talk during the 2014 University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Regional Research Symposium.

Currently a candidate for a doctorate in organizational leadership at UMES, Elangwe received an LL.M. and studied under the International Human Rights Law track at IU McKinney.

She works as the student services coordinator for the UMES graduate school, and as a legal program associate for the University of Maryland Agricultural Law Education Initiative (ALEI), helping to build the capacity of agricultural organizations and farmers by providing legal education through the publication of brochures and organization of workshops.

Elangwe has an LL.B. and an LL.M. in business law from universities in her native Cameroon. She published an article in the Program in International Human Rights Law Bulletin; contributed to and co-authored two major United Nations shadow reports: “USA Shadow Report on Hurricane Katrina,” Race Committee, Geneva, 2008, and “Chad’s Breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Failure to Protect the Rights of Women and Girls,” Human Rights Committee, New York, 2009. Elangwe also served as president of the Master of Laws Association during her time at IU McKinney.

Elangwe has worked with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as communication and programs officer spearheading the production of numerous reports and publications, and as a legal consultant conducting rights education workshops in several African countries such as Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

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