Stories

‘You need to journey with the people in your support system for them to fully understand your work, and the risks and challenges that come with it.’ ‒ Interview with Cheryl P. Polutan (Che), Programmes Officer at Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights (LILAK)
10 September 2021 1:17 pm

‘In conjunction with International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples last month, FORUM-ASIA talked with Cheryl P. Polutan (Che), Programme Officer at Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights (LILAK), FORUM-ASIA’s member in the Philippines. In the interview, Che shared with us how she works to empower indigenous women to be recognised for their contributions in [ Read more ]

‘After hours of grueling negotiations in the depths of the forest, I was able to save the life of an individual who was about to be persecuted on the baseless allegations.’ – Interview with Gobinda Bahadur Shahi, Executive Director of Karnali Integrated Rural Development And Research Centre (KIDARC), Nepal
16 August 2021 5:48 pm

This month, FORUM-ASIA talked with Gobinda Bahadur Shahi, Executive Director of Karnali Integrated Rural Development And Research Centre (KIRDARC), Nepal. In the interview, Gobinda talks about his own experienced growing up in a rural community in the mountains and how this motivates him to amplify the voices of left-behind communities in Nepal. How did you [ Read more ]

‘I see my work as: the more I contribute to the organisation, the more the organisation will give to people. In other words, putting people’s interest first is my main motivation.’ ‒ Interview with Nichapa Chanwisitkul, East Asia and ASEAN Programme Associate at FORUM-ASIA
13 July 2021 4:15 pm

This month, FORUM-ASIA talked with Nichapa Chanwisitkul, East Asia and ASEAN Programme Associate at FORUM-ASIA. In the interview, Nichapa shares with us on how she started her work in the human rights sector, her experiences with refugees and migrants, and about always putting people’s interest first in her work. How did you become involved with [ Read more ]

‘So many actions by civil society have proven PSPD’s belief that people power can change the world.’ ‒ Interview with Eunkyung Cheon, Senior Coordinator at People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), South Korea
18 June 2021 11:39 am

This month, FORUM-ASIA talked with Eunkyung Cheon, Senior Coordinator at People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), FORUM-ASIA’s member in South Korea. In the interview, Eunkyung shared with us how she started her work in the human rights and development sector, her experiences with activists, and how she constantly learns from people she works with. How did you [ Read more ]

‘Access to valid information is everyone’s right, no exceptions.’ – Interview with Sasmito Madrim, Chairperson of The Alliance of Independent Journalist Indonesia (AJI)
5 May 2021 4:13 pm

This month in conjunction with the World Press Freedom Day, FORUM-ASIA talked with Sasmito Madrim, Chairperson of the Alliance of Independent Journalists Indonesia (AJI), FORUM-ASIA’s member in Indonesia. In the interview, Sasmito shared with us how he has worked to advance the welfare of media workers and press freedom in Indonesia and the region, and how the access to [ Read more ]

‘I vowed that from then on, I would use my liberty to promote Asian solidarity and the rights of others.’ – Interview with Ritz Lee B. Santos III, Executive Director of BALAOD Mindanaw
5 April 2021 2:25 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Ritz Lee B. Santos III, Executive Director of BALAOD Mindanaw, FORUM-ASIA’s member in the Philippines. In the interview, Ritz shared with us how ordinary people doing extraordinary work keeps him going, a defining moment that completely changed his thoughts on solidarity and how upholding human rights is a duty. How did you [ Read more ]

‘Although it is not easy to challenge social norms and family practices in a patriarchal society, I have never abandoned our struggle towards gender equality.’ — Interview with Nazia Sardar, Executive Director of the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM)
9 March 2021 8:41 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter and in commemoration of International Women’s Day, FORUM-ASIA talked with Nazia Sardar, Executive Director of the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM), FORUM-ASIA’s member in Pakistan. In the interview, Nazia Sardar shared with us how she turned her vulnerabilities into strengths that drive her human rights work, why rights for all [ Read more ]

Interns and fellows of FORUM-ASIA: Interview with Nidhi and Javeria
5 February 2021 1:22 pm

‘It is an exciting place with a lot happening and definitely an exceptional example of dynamic female leadership.’ For this month’s e-newsletter, we interviewed a current fellow and a current intern at FORUM-ASIA: Nidhi Singh (India), Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow and Javeria Kella (Pakistan), South Asia Programme Intern. They come from different places, have [ Read more ]

‘We must help and support people to speak out whenever they face any form of violations; we need to hear from them and raise their voice to the world.’ ‒ Interview with Naw Hser Hser, Secretary General of the Women’s League of Burma
9 December 2020 8:00 am

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Naw Hser Hser, Secretary General of the Women’s League of Burma, FORUM-ASIA’s member in Myanmar. In the interview, Naw Hser Hser shared with us how the oppression and gender-based violence in the region motivated her to study human rights and speak for the people whose rights had been [ Read more ]

‘It’s not easy but our voices and the voices of the marginalised need to be heard,’ ‒ Interview with Dr Tasneem Siddiqui, Founding Chair of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU)
8 October 2020 4:18 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Dr Tasneem Siddiqui, Founding Chair of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), one of FORUM-ASIA’s members in Bangladesh. In the interview, Dr Tasneem shared with us how she played a role in enabling more than 100,000 Bangladeshi women every year exercise their constitutional right to pursue [ Read more ]