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FEATURE STORY March 8, 2020

IWD2020: Meet The Women Who Are Breaking Barriers Across East Asia and Pacific

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For International Women’s Day 2020, we’re getting to know the pioneering women across East Asia Pacific who are breaking barriers and creating change for the decade ahead. Get to know them below.

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MALAYSIA | A former military officer who then cofounded Caring Moms, an organization empowering woman with economic development. Meet SheraMYANMAR | At the age of 11 she became a refugee after being displaced by conflicts. She is now a human rights and women’s rights activist. Meet Naw K’nyawPHILIPPINES | A physicist and an advocate for scientific and data-driven culture. She is among the 2018 Outstanding Young Men and Women in education innovation. Meet Erika
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INDONESIA | A renewable energy advocate and social entrepreneur, helping implement micro-hydropower projects to stimulate economies in rural areas. Meet PuniVIETNAM | Founder and president of SONG (LIFE) foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable ways of life in harmony with nature. Meet Pham.MONGOLIA | is pediatrician by training and has been working to improve health services in her province since 2017. Meet Ulziitogtokh
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THAILAND | Trust, dedication, teamwork, and respect were key in her over 30 years of career in the public and private sectors. Named ‘The Best Working Women in 2017’. Meet RuenvadeeTIMOR-LESTE | A young activist who started a vocal feminist group and works for an economic think tank. Her group contributed to a lasting change in family planning policy. Meet Berta.FIJI | Represented her country as a rugby player and won gold in powerlifting. She has sailed over 70,000 nautical miles advocating the use of traditional Pacific knowledge for a sustainable future. Meet Iva and more amazing women from Pacific


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