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Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. The Rohingya Crisis and Future of Democracy in Myanmar

Wai Wai Nu, Founder and Executive Director, Women Peace Network; Founder, Yangon Youth Leadership Center
Thursday, February 13, 2020
4:00-5:30 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
Wai Wai Nu is a former political prisoner and the founder and Executive Director of the Women Peace Network in Myanmar. She spent seven years as a political prisoner in Burma because of her father’s pro-democracy political activism. Since her release from prison in 2012, Nu has dedicated herself to working for democracy and human rights, particularly on behalf of marginalized women and members of her own ethnic group, the minority Rohingya population.

As Executive Director and Founder of Women Peace Network, a platform to build peace and mutual understanding between Myanmar’s different ethnicities, and to empower and advocate for the rights of marginalized women in Arakan and Myanmar; campaigns for women’s rights. She has been working to reduce discrimination and hatred among Buddhist and Muslim communities, building allies and solidarity to improve the human rights of the Rohingya people. Nu has conducted women’s empowerment training, offered legal education seminars, and organized human rights and peacebuilding advocacy, workshops, and forums.

In 2014, Nu co-Founded Justice for Women, a network of women lawyers providing pro-bono legal consultation and education. In 2016, she founded Yangon Youth Center, where young people of diverse backgrounds in Myanmar can explore their ideas, learn civic and political leadership, and build trust and relationships among each other. Nu organized the My Friend Campaign with youth from different communities to promote tolerance and to reduce discrimination among diverse groups. Nu received a law degree from Yangon University in 2014 and graduated with her Master of Laws from the University of California Berkeley in 2018.

Nu is the recipient of N-Peace Wards (2014),; Democracy Courage Tributes (2015), World Movement for Democracy; Hillary Rodham Clinton award in (2018).

Nu was named among "100 Top Women", BBC (2014); among 100 inspiring women, Salt Magazine; among 100 World Thinkers (2015), Foreign Policy Magazine; Next Generation Leader, Time Magazine (2017).; Women of the Year, Financial Times (2018).

Currently, Nu is an Obama Foundation’s visiting Scholar at the Columbia University World Project.

This event is co-sponsored by: Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Program in International and Comparative Studies.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this event, please reach out to us at at least 2 weeks in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Human Rights
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Donia Human Rights Center, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Global Islamic Studies Center, Program in International and Comparative Studies