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2015 Annual Lecture on Asian Democracy

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The Center for Asian Democracy’s Annual Lecture on Asian Democracy

“Reflections on Myanmar’s Political Crisis: Buddhist Nationalism and Ethnic Violence”

Wai Wai Nu

Founder of the Women’s Peace Action Network in Burma
Activist and advocate for Rohingya refugees

September 16th, 7:00-9:00pm

 

Brown & Williamson Club, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

Reception to follow talk.
Event is free, please call (502) 852-2667, or email cad@louisville.edu, for information.

(2800 S. Floyd Street. Enter the parking lot through the “D-E Lot” off of Floyd Street, nearest the corner of Central Avenue and Floyd St and park on west side of stadium, near the train tracks and UofL cabooses.  The entrance to the Brown and Williamson Club is at Gate 6; take the elevator to the 3rd floor.)

Wai Wai Nu was a former political prisoner and a woman from the persecuted community of Rohingya; as such, she has dedicated herself to working for human and women’s rights. In 2012, after her release from  seven years imprisonment, she formed the Women’s Peace Network, Arakan, as a platform to build peace and mutual understanding between Myanmar’s different ethnicities, and to advocate for the rights of marginalized women in Arakan. Through the Women’s Peace Network she has campaigned in Myanmar and around the world for women’s rights, an end to impunity, and an end to the persecution and marginalization of her people, the Rohingya. Nu has conducted women’s empowerment trainings, offered legal education seminars, and organized human rights and peace building activities. She recently completed her law degree and founded Justice for Women, which operates as a network of female lawyers providing legal assistance for the women of Myanmar. She was awarded N-Peace award (peace generation) and selected  as a "100 Top Woman" by the BBC in 2014.

 

Access the press release here.