Hirut Melaku, birth worker & IBCLC (Lactation Consultant), is a consultant in pregnancy and infant feeding with a focus on racial equity, sexual violence and LGBTQ2 issues. The investigative and reporting work that she has done in the last 20 years has been used by many, including the United Nations, to determine humanitarian aid, and by local players to develop initiatives, programs, and interventions in the area of mental health.
She contributes to repairing the world as a healer, nurturer, and as a speaker of truth. Hirut credits her ancestors, unique background and intersectional identities (Beta Israel, queer, mother of a gifted child with [dis]abilities) for keeping her grounded and connected.
She runs her own practice (www.hirut.org) and is a co-founder of the Third Eye Collective, a survivor-led organization for Black women who have experienced gender violence (www.thirdeyemontreal.com), and is currently doing her graduate studies at York University in Environmental Studies