Originally from Isle of Pines, Yolene has experience in the fields of human rights, social inclusion, education and development, working primarily in New Caledonia. She has experienced international organisations such as the United Nations Women doing research on ressource mobilisation and on official development assistance (ODA) policies of UN Member States for allocations and priorities related to gender equality and women’s empowerment. In 2020, when working at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her missions had a focus on the capacity-building programs of indigenous peoples representatives on human rights mechanisms in international forums.
As of today, as a resource person, she advises and speaks on behalf of the customary council of Djubea Kapume, especially in her various initiatives to international foras on matters of indigenous peoples rights and climate change, youth rights, women’s rights and empowerment. Yolene holds Masters of international studies and sociology from La Sorbonne Nouvelle and the Colin Powell School. She strongly advocates that education is an essential avenue to change attitudes and behaviour into building a culture of global human rights and social citizenship.