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ABOUT THE EVENT
The upcoming GE14 has been remarked to be “the mother of all elections”. Yet, it has come to the attention of women’s rights activists that Malaysia still has a long way to go in amplifying the voices of women and their sociopolitical and economic interest. In this special session, Imagined Malaysia gathers prominent observers who have contributed to highlighting the discourse on women’s political representation in all forms of media.
Date: 28 April 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Gerakbudaya, 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, Seksyen 11, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Fadiah Nadwa Fikri is a tireless human rights lawyer and a leading figure in the recent Malaysia Muda movement. She was a member of the Steering Committee of Bersih 2.0, a coalition of 89 civil society organisations for free and fair elections. She was a secretariat member of SUARAM, one of the leading human rights advocacy NGOs in Malaysia that deals with detention without trial, police brutality, abuse of police powers, the protection of refugees and migrant workers, indigenous peoples’ rights and corruption.
Gayathry Venkiteswaran is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. Her research focus is on media reforms in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, she was the executive director of the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance, working on press freedom and access to information in the region. Before joining SEAPA, she headed a Malaysian press freedom organisation, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), worked as a journalist and taught media history and journalism in a number of private colleges and universities.
Ain Nasiehah is an Advocacy and Capacity Building Officer at EMPOWER, a women’s rights organisation. Keen on women’s political participation in Malaysia, Ain works closely with Orang Asal women and women who remain in the margins of society. She helps to create a more enabling environment for their voices to be heard and for women to fully exercise their agency. She is looking forward to seeing women from all backgrounds to reclaim their public presence and participation, and to mainstream women as leaders everywhere – not just in a few sectors.