2018 Speakers

Marina Mahathir
Writer and Activist
Marina is a hugely respected women’s rights activist. She has written widely about the many injustices Malaysian women suffer and has co-produced the TV programme, 3R (Respect, Relax and Respond). She is on the board of trustees at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh and is a member of the advocacy group, Sisters in Islam. In 2016, she was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, recognising her work as a prominent activist and defender of Human Rights.
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