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The Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women (KFAW) established its Foreign Correspondents program in 1991 in order to develop a broad international network of people, especially in Asia and the Pacific. To date, a total of 304 people from 42 countries have become Correspondents. Through this network, KFAW will continue to deliver the latest information from many countries.



Foreign Correspondents


28th KFAW Foreign Correspondents (2018-2019)

Name Country Profile
Mr. Chayku Bhutan I am Chayku from Eastern Bhutan. Graduated from Sherubtse College in 2012 with 70.05 aggregate, I have bachelor’s degrees in English and Dzongkha (national language). I was an active participant of various units in the college and served as a ‘resident councilor’ for a year in 2012. I am also a recipient of various literary awards. After graduation, I served as an English teacher in Thailand. I represented my country in the best possible way. After two years of successful service in Thailand, I returned to my country. Then I joined Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), the national radio and television broadcast station. I now work as a radio anchor and producer. Besides being a journalist, I also blog. My content is more diverse, but I explore social issues, and sometimes post stories on ‘ women and gender’ in particular. Links to my works are: https://chayku88.blogspot.com/ and https://gendersensitvereporting.blogspot.com/. I published my first book ‘Chasing Dreams’ in the fall of 2015, and was featured in a documentary ‘White Gold’ on ABC News.
Ms. Jeong HYOMIN Korea I am studying social economy and gender research at a graduate school. My study focuses on facilitating the mapping of gender and social economy in Asia. I also study gender disagreements that occur throughout Asia, and meet and interview women who make communities. The themes of the workshops are travel and community. I value encounters with women whom I meet in communities through traveling. The role of women in the social economy created by village enterprises and cooperatives is also very important. As a female scholar traveling around Asia, I support the society and values that women make.
Ms. Carmen LEDESMA Peru As a jurist specialized in women’s human rights, I monitored the National Plan to Combat Violence against Women 2009-2015 and gave technical assistance at the regional level to local governments on the National Plan to reduce Gender-based Violence 2016- 2021. I was Director of Policies for a Life Free of Violence and Economic Autonomy of Women in the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations. I deliver lectures on the prevention of gender-based violence and promote the participation of the private sector in dealing with violence through the measurement of the costs of violence. I have developed projects on productive enterprises for the economic autonomy of women in post-natural disaster situations. And I am also a participant in a binational border strategy for migrant women on the prevention of gender-based violence and human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Ms. Swapna MAJUMDAR India I am an award-winning independent journalist based in Delhi. I write on development issues and the role of women as agents of social change. In my writings, I focus on reproductive and sexual health and rights, public health, education, the environment, sanitation, poverty and livelihoods through a gender lens. Several of my articles have been included as chapters in government publications as well as those of national and international non-governmental organizations.
Ms. Jawaria KASHIF Pakistan I am a lawyer, human rights activist, researcher, and article writer from Lahore, Pakistan. I am currently practicing law in civil and family cases. I am also spreading legal awareness among women and children. See the link to my page below:
https://www.facebook.com/Womenwelfarework/
Mr. Muhammad SAJJAD Pakistan My active role is concerned with education and social activities in community in the North South of Pakistan. My role as a beacon for the inhabitants, especially for school/college apprentices, is to guide and publicize latest information by social media and general gatherings. Growing-up situation in the countryside, where people suffer from poverty, lack of education and basic human rights, discrimination against women, and dropout of kids from school, makes me hard-pressed to step up! I am confident servings as a KFAW foreign correspondent will encourage me to act more positively in this taxing condition.