Stories

‘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 ]

‘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 ]