Charlotte Allan is a qualified solicitor and human rights activist. She was based in South Africa for the last three years working as a Policy & Advocacy Officer for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. Prior to this she worked as both a Legal and Protection Advisor for the UN Refugee Agency. She has also performed Refugee Status Determination for African Middle Eastern Refugee Assistance in Cairo, Egypt where she dealt largely with Sudanese, Eritrean and Ethiopian asylum seekers. Charlotte has extensive knowledge of fluid mass movement situations across Africa and the Middle East. Her expertise is in refugee law, women’s rights, LGBTI rights and global protest movements while her other passion is using pop culture to engage youth in politics and activism. She has written for New Statesman, Roads & Kingdom and has a blog with The Huffington Post.Charlotte is a contributor for Democracy Works Foundation, a not-for-profit African organisation based in South Africa.
The Oromia region was once made up of autonomous sultanates with distinct cultural traditions.