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WPS Coalition Myanmar Convening

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We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming convening focused on advancing Women, Peace, and Security in Myanmar. This online event aims to provide a platform for meaningful dialogue, insights, and collaboration surrounding the pressing issues faced by women's civil society organisations in Myanmar and its diaspora.

Since the military coup on February 1, 2021, Myanmar has experienced significant turmoil, impacting the rights and well-being of women and marginalised communities. Women's civil society organizations have emerged as crucial voices in advocating for peace, justice, and gender equality. Despite facing unprecedented challenges, they have continued to engage in innovative and resilient peacebuilding efforts. 

This convening aims to foster direct engagement and dialogue with women's civil society organisations in Myanmar and its diaspora. By providing a platform for sharing their priorities for peacebuilding and the broader WPS agenda, we hope to create valuable insights for advocacy and collaboration. Additionally, the event seeks to inform the Australian Government and civil society on ways to enhance support for feminist civil society initiatives in Myanmar.

We will be hearing from four incredibly speakers representing the below organisations,

Tasneem Roc - Myanmar Campaigns Network 

Tasneem is a pro-democracy supporter of Karen and Scottish descent. She is one of two campaign managers for the Myanmar Campaign Network. This role is under the auspices of Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA, the global justice organisation of the Australian union movement.The Myanmar Campaign Network is an Australian national coalition formed following the 2021 coup in Myanmar, comprising human rights organisations, international aid NGOs, Myanmar diaspora organisations, trade unions and faith-based organisations. Tasneem is also the secretary of the Australian Karen Organisation (AKO) NSW, and the secretary for Friends of TCI Australia, an Australian charity that supports the Dr. T Thanbyah Christian Institute, a Karen higher learning institute in a remote area in Eastern Myanmar. Since the 2021 Myanmar coup, Tasneem has been active in a number of groups that support the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar including the CRPH/NUG Support Group Australia.

Nang Moet Moet - Women's League of Burma 

Nang Moet Moet - is a feminist activist from Shan State, Burma and she is Pa-O ethnic. She has been working and advocating for peace, justice, gender equality and human rights for over ten years. In early 2008, she joined the Pa-O Women’s Union (PWU) as an intern, a grassroots women organisation founded on the Thai-Burma border in 1999 and a member of the Women’s League of Burma (WLB). After completing her internship, she served several positions within PWU, including working as a political empowerment program coordinator. She worked as an Executive Director at PWU for three years and currently, she is serving  as a General Secretary WLB.  

Naw Alpha - Women’s Advocacy Coalition Myanmar 

Naw Alpha is Chair of Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP), AGIPP is one of the members of WAC-M. She has experience in private sectors for 20 years, being a Director of National level CSO for 6 years and having experiences of Steering Committee Member and Co-Chair positions in network organisations.

Hnin Thet Hmu Khin – Myanmar Research Network (University of Melbourne)

Hnin Thet Hmu Khin is a dedicated human rights defender and humanitarian with extensive experience providing aid to internally displaced persons and advocating for human rights in

Myanmar, including during the Rohingya crisis in northern Rakhine State. Having earned her master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis and currently pursuing another master’s degree in human rights law from the University of Melbourne, Hnin has a deep commitment to the legal and ethical principles that underpin her work. Since the coup in Myanmar in 2021, she has become more involved in activism and anti-military activities. She founded an organisation to support internally displaced persons and civil servants who joined the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) in Kayah and Shan States. She now primarily organises and moderates panel discussions and podcasts, including her role with Sisters2Sisters and the Wives of People’s Soldiers, to promote women’s participation in the revolution and amplify voices of women. She also co-authored a report for the International Crisis Group on women’s role in the revolution.

Once we've heard from all speakers, we will then be opening up the floor for questions and discussion. 

Please make sure to RSVP for the event to ensure you gain access to the Zoom. 

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