Friday, February 27, 2015

EVENT Monday, 3/2: "Asia's Unsung Female Leaders" at the New America Foundation

New America
1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:15 PM-1:45 PM


In the U.S., we talk a lot about female leaders – the lack of them, the trials they face, barriers to their advancement. As we prepare for International Women’s Day, a new e-book, “It’s Not OK,” published by Radio Free Asia, helps us reconsider our own leadership challenges by shining a spotlight on a particularly brave group: the rising population of young, female human rights activists in Asia who are speaking out in their communities even as entrenched social values demand that they remain voiceless. 

Many live in countries under strict authoritarian rule – with little tolerance of dissent, few legal rights and protections, and embryonic civil societies. They are factory workers whose pay has been withheld by trafficking gangs, mothers whose children have been kidnapped with the complicity of the police, and lawyers who refuse to accept political complacency. What are the factors contributing to the rise of these young women activists in Asia? And what can we in the West learn from their struggles and successes? 

Join New America and Radio Free Asia for a conversation with some of Asia’s most prominent female human rights activists to dive deeper into their stories.

Follow the discussion online using #ItsNotOk and following@NewAmerica.


Zin Mar Aung @zinmaraung1976
Co-founder of RAINFALL 
Winner of International Women of Courage Award in 2012 
Co-founder of Yangon School of Political Science 

Catherine Antoine @antoinec
Director and Managing Editor, Radio Free Asia Online
Executive Producer, "It's Not Ok" 

Binh T. Nguyen, MD 
Director, Human Rights For Vietnam PAC 
Former chair, Virginia Asian Advisory Board 
Director, Virginia Foundation for the Humanity and Public Policies 

Elizabeth Weingarten @elizabethw723
Associate Director, Global Gender Parity Initiative

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