FEATURE STORY March 4, 2019

Thinking Equal in East Asia Pacific: Meet Women Driving Change Across the Region

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On International Women’s Day 2019, we are sharing stories of women doing inspiring work across East Asia and the Pacific. Whether in the business world, advocacy, media or countless other sectors, their contributions highlight the transformative power of women in the region. Get to know them below.

 

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Pyone Thet Thet Kyaw founded Virya Myanmar, an ethical clothing brand based in Yangon. After working as a garment worker and witnessing exploitation, she developed a passion for ethical fashion and advocacy in the industry. Meet Pyone.Jin Ling lost almost all of her eyesight as a university freshman. Along with several other women, she founded the Disability Affected Women Support Group (DAWS) to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in China. Meet Jin.Jamela Alindogan is a war zone correspondent in the Philippines, the President of the Foreign Correspondents Association, and co-founder of Sinagtala, an NGO that aims to provide safe spaces for women and children in conflict zones. Meet Jamela.
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Gabriela Soares is passionate about contributing to the development of Timor-Leste by working to bridge the divide between rural communities and the government. She is the founder and lead organizer for TEDx in Dili. Meet Gabi.Le Hoang Uyen Vy is General Partner of ESP Capital, an early stage venture fund with the mission to support tech startup companies in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. She hopes to help develop Vietnam's tech startup ecosystem. Meet Vy.Deborah Priya Henry co-founded Fugee School in Malaysia, a center that provides education to the refugee children population in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Meet Deborah.
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Zolzaya Batkhuyag is a lawyer and co-founder of the Women for Change (WFC) NGO. As a gender-justice activist, she leads advocacy projects to raise public awareness and build community efforts for justice in Mongolia. Meet Zolzaya.Mesty Ariotedjo is a pediatrician in training. To increase access to healthcare in Indonesia, she co-founded WeCare.id, a health crowdfunding platform that raises funds for patients in remote areas in need of medical services. Meet Mesty.Aliza believes sustainable change must happen with public participation. She founded Socialgiver.com, an innovative online solution that helps consumers, businesses and social projects work together to create positive social impact. Meet Aliza.
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Viengsam Indavong quit a lucrative career in finance to co-found the Lao Association for Autism and help parents like her with information and child care for kids with autism. Meet Viengsam.Regina Lepping is a filmmaker, actress, activist and Youth Empowerment and Engagement Specialist. She is also the co-founder of the Say It Out Loud Film Festival in Solomon Islands. Meet Regina.Alicia Sahib is Head of Support Services for the Bank of South Pacific (BSP), where she started a safe house for BSP female staff suffering from gender-based violence. She is also leading a project to support the community of people living in drains in Port Moresby. Meet Alicia.




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