Wai Wai Nu

Founder and Executive Director, Women Peace Network

Hold a Master of Laws degree from the University of California Berkeley. A political prisoner for seven years under the Burmese military government. 2012, released under a presidential amnesty. Executive Director and Founder, 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. Has been working to reduce discrimination and hatred among Buddhist and Muslim communities and to improve the human rights of the Rohingya people. Has conducted women’s empowerment trainings, offered legal education seminars, and organized human rights and peacebuilding activities. 2014, Founder, Justice for Women, a network of women lawyers providing pro-bono legal consultation and education. Organized the My Friend Campaign with youth from different communities to promote tolerance and to reduce discrimination among diverse groups. 2016, Founder, Yangon Youth Center, where young people can learn and explore their ideas and promote leadership in social, political and peace-building. Recipient: N-Peace Wards (2014),; Democracy Courage Tributes (2015), World Movement for Democracy; Hillary Rodham Clinton award in (2018), Impact Hero Award (2019). Named: among "100 Top Women", BBC (2014); among 100 inspiring women, Salt Magazine; among 100 World Thinkers (2015), Foreign Policy Magazine; Women of the Year by Financial time (2017) and Next Generation Leader, Time Magazine (2017).

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