Photo Leader / Expedition Leader
Meet Mette Elisuessen. Norwegian by birth, Mette is celebrated worldwide for her devotion to the betterment of people– especially children. As a multilingual activist, she has worked tirelessly to educate others and improve the quality of life for the peoples of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Algeria, and the Sahara.
Her grassroots activism has led to many positive changes, and even a Nobel Peace Prize for her group’s role in its landmine banning campaign. Mette has successfully accomplished a variety of work, including organizing speaking tours in the US and over 20 European countries, training field researchers for surveying landmines, and designing/managing projects for the Save The Children in Afghanistan and Norweigan Peoples Aid in Sahara and Algeria. Mette is also trained in, and has practised, emotional first aid to trauma victims.
Besides grassroots activism, Mette’s research has also been implemented as an agent for positive change. This research has been featured in the women’s university for Afghan Women in Peshawar, Pakistan for TV-aksjonen Kvinner Sammen & The Afghanistan Committee, a field study of Afghans at home and in Pakistan. Additionally, her imperative research has culminated in a multimedia production for Norwegian schools, and action research amongst Muslim girls exposed to arranged and forced marriage on behalf of ‘Uteseksjonen’ in Oslo. In 2012, Mette researched the ERW situation in Eastern Cambodia as editor in chief and designer of the publication, ‘In Search of Safe Ground’.