טרויה יפית מלקו

Teruye Yafit Meleku

Director of the Southern District of the Eshet Chail Program.
Group facilitator and family coach.

From Ashdod.

Previously, Ms. Yafit Meleku taught language to immigrants from the former USSR and served as a coordinator of the Eshet Chail Program at Alon for 12 years. She assisted women in completing their education, attending professional courses, pursuing entrepreneurship, and obtaining higher education. Ms. Yafit Meleku also initiated projects and promoted women’s leadership in the Ethiopian community.

Ms. Yafit Meleku actively participated in Mothers on Guard, a group that initially included mothers and young women of Ethiopian descent but now encompasses members from other parts of society. The group aims to combat police brutality and racial profiling. They have initiated the Building the Neighborhood project, which involved conversing over coffee with youth from the Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood about issues that matter to adolescents of Ethiopian descent.

Ms. Yafit Meleku was a member of the National Police Committee to Prevent Violence Against the Ethiopian Community. She was active in a forum to reduce police brutality against the Ethiopian community and participated in community discussions. Following these meetings, she joined a team that promoted legislation in areas such as body cameras and community police officers who speak Amharic.

Ms. Yafit Meleku holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a teaching certificate from David Yellin College, and a certification for leading groups from Kibbutzim College. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in family studies, specializing in work-life balance, at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.

My training has taught me that we all suffer from the very existence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that it’s time for women to be the voice of reality. The female voice is important, and it can bring peace, security, and a worthwhile future to the region. Many women around the world have accomplished this, and it’s time for this to happen in Israel as well. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an inspiring group of women.