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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 ]

‘Countless atrocities against civilians and their stories of pains and sorrows made me want to work for justice.’ ‒ Interview with Hassan Ali Faiz, Research Director of Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN)
9 November 2020 5:28 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Hassan Ali Faiz, Research Director of the Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN), FORUM-ASIA’s member in Afghanistan. In the interview, Faiz shared with us how the discrimination and almost-complete execution of the Hazara ethnic group to which he belong motivated him to fight for human rights.    [ 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 ]

‘It is imperative that I tell the actual story and provide the information needed without fear of repercussions.’ – Interview with Melissa Ananthraj, new Communication and Media Programme manager of FORUM-ASIA
4 September 2020 12:14 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Melissa Ananthraj, who just joined us as the new Communication and Media Programme manager. In this interview, Melissa shared with us her inspiration from childhood and how she uses communication as a tool to tell peoples’ stories How did you become involved with human rights? And how did [ Read more ]

‘A sense of ‘hopelessness’ is embedded in society, and human rights defenders often feel alone.’—Interview with Yevgeniy Zhovtis, Director of Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (KIBHR)
6 August 2020 2:08 pm

In this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA speaks with Yevgeniy Zhovtis, Director of Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (KIBHR), one of FORUM-ASIA members in Kazakhstan. In this interview, Yevgeniy shares with us his human rights journey as a citizen who witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union and fought against its [ Read more ]

‘Various forms of human rights violations are around us; turning away from them is simply not an option,’ – Interview with Pradip G. More, Deputy Director of Dalit Foundation
28 June 2020 12:40 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Pradip G. More, Deputy Director of Dalit Foundation, one of FORUM-ASIA members in India. In this interview, Pradip shared with us his human rights journey with the Dalit community and how he works to inspire and nurture the new generation of changemakers. How did you become involved with [ Read more ]

‘The cost of injustice is very high; we cannot afford to do nothing about it.’ – Interview with Tolekan Ismailova, Chairperson of Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan
2 June 2020 2:36 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Tolekan Ismailova, Chairperson of Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan, FORUM-ASIA member in Kyrgyzstan. In this interview, Tolekan shared with us her human rights journey from her childhood and her experiences of working as a women human rights defender in a patriarchal society.  How did you become involved with human rights? And how [ Read more ]

‘I saw how students from other schools were forced into prostitution…’ – Interview with Judy A. Pasimio, Coordinator of Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Right (LILAK)
13 May 2020 10:14 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Judy A. Pasimio, a founder and Coordinator of Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Right (LILAK), FORUM-ASIA associate member in the Philippines. In this interview, Judy shared with us her human rights journey from her childhood, experiences of working with the indigenous women in the region, and the importance [ Read more ]

‘We need to make people’s struggle visible.’ – Interview with Mohammad Abdus Sabur, Secretary-General of the Asian Resource Foundation (ARF)
10 April 2020 9:35 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Mohammad Abdus Sabur, Secretary-General of the Asian Resource Foundation (ARF), one of FORUM-ASIA members based in Thailand. In this interview, Sabur shared with us his experiences of working in the development sector in Asia, and shared with us his inspiration from the grassroots communities he works with. How [ Read more ]