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Women have been at the vanguard of the long fight for genuine democratic change in Myanmar. Join a panel of award-winning women activists to learn about their ongoing efforts to address Myanmar’s human rights issues and political crises at the United Nations, with the governments of the United States, EU, and ASEAN member states. Panelists will also reveal how the Myanmar Military uses its business fronts to generate revenues, whether the targeted sanctions against the military junta are effective, and how the international community can respond to the situation in Myanmar.


Khin Ohmar

Progressive Voice Myanmar

Khin Ohmar is the Founder of Progressive Voice, a research and advocacy organization with strong civil society networks in Myanmar and across the ASEAN region. For the past 30 years, she has worked with fellow Burmese democracy activists as well as with ethnic women and youth from conflict-affected areas in Myanmar, including Kachin, Karen, Lahu and Rohingya. In 2008, Khin Ohmar won the Anna Lindh Prize, awarded annually to a woman or young person with "the courage to fight indifference, prejudice, oppression and injustices in order to promote a good life for all people in an environment marked by respect for human rights." The award citation stated, "Her courageous and visionary work is a source of inspiration for all those engaged in the struggle for human rights and for a life of dignity." She also won the 2008 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for Human Rights, which she shared with Shan Women's Action Network activist Charm Tong. US First Lady Laura Bush, the award's presenter, described Khin Ohmar as "one of the strongest voices against Burma's violent regime."


Wai Wai Nu

Women's Peace Network-Arakan

Wai Wai Nu is a Burmese activist who advocates for the rights and equality of all people in Myanmar, including the Rohingya. Wai Wai Nu founded the Women's Peace Network-Arakan and Justice for Women. Through Women's Peace Network, she focuses on peace-building in Myanmar, for all people of any gender, ethnicity and religion. Justice for Women is a network of female lawyers that provide legal aid for women in need. In 2014 Wai Wai Nu received the N-Peace Award. In 2015, she was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. In 2016, she was named one of Salt and Diageo's 100 Inspiring Women by Salt Magazine.In 2017, she was named one of the Next Generation Leaders by Time magazine. In 2018, she received the Hillary Clinton Award from Georgetown University.


Debbie Stothard


Debbie Stothard is the Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights and Coordinator of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma. She is a pro-democracy human rights defender who has been organising advocacy meetings and campaigns on human rights in Burma and other ASEAN countries for over 30 years. ALTSEAN-Burma is a network of organizations based in ASEAN member states working to support the movement for human rights and democracy in Burma. ALTSEAN-Burma focuses on government economic policies on privatization, monitors transparency and corruption issues, with an emphasis on land confiscation and land grabbing practice in foreign investments and development projects. ALTSEAN-Burma is dedicated to serve Indigenous groups, low-income communities, and vulnerable populations such as women and youth. ALTSEAN-Burma has developed an effective training model to help local communities understand the economic workings and human rights impacts behind grassroots movements.


Moderated by Jeanne Hallacy.

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    75 minutes
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    United States
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    all ages