Selamawit is born and raised in Ethiopia. She holds a BSc in Information Systems from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and an MA in Sociology from Uppsala University, Sweden. Selamawit worked as a researcher on human trafficking, specifically labor trafficking of Ethiopian women to the Middle East and trafficking of African women to Europe for sexual exploitation. She has published two books through the research projects she worked on. As of July 23, 2019, Selamawit is working as Domestic Violence (DV) and Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (TVAP) advocate at ECDC. Selamawit is a creative writing enthusiast and has published short stories in two books in collaboration with other Ethiopian writers.