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24th KFAW Foreign Correspondents (2014-2015)

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Ms. Doulot MALA Bangladesh I am working as Special Correspondent of The Financial Express. I am pursuing journalism for one decade. My specialization in reporting includes economic and developmental issues, women, tax and business issues. I completed Masters Degree in Journalism from Dhaka University in 1996. Up until now, I have joined a leadership program in USA, a training program in Sweden, an international conference in Taiwan, Province of China, IMF-WB annual meeting in Japan. My career goal is to contribute to the economic and women development in the country through constructive write-up.
Mr. Phorn HOUN Cambodia I grew up on a farm in rural Cambodia in a family of low economic status. I had four siblings. I obtained the bachelor degree in law at Pannasastra University of Cambodia. In 2013, I became a Prison Researcher at the Cambodian League for the Promotion of Defense and Human Rights (LICADHO). I investigate and follow up with the charged, the accused and the convicted, when they are serving and after they have served in prison. My role is to determine if there have been any human rights abuses from arrest until conviction. I also provide legal consultation to victims. In the present time, I get scholarship to pursue master of international human rights law at Pannasastra University of Cambodia which is supported by Sweden.
Ms. Amelia LO Hong Kong I serve as committee member in the Youth and International Group of the Hong Kong Federation of Women and the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers and was privileged to be involved in the first ever Stop Dating Violence Ambassadors Program at HKU. As a United World College graduate who studied and lived in mainland China, USA and UK, I have been fortunate to meet talented and unique women from different walks of life. I hope to empower women by revealing their thoughts, dreams, concerns and feelings through the power of words.
Ms. Marisna YULIANTI Indonesia Gender and child issues have been the core of my interest. I have been working in the area through my involvement in projects engaging communities, civil societies, the government and the donors. The experience has enabled me to see women’s issues in a bigger picture. From this point onwards, I would like to continue being part of the global movement and expand my contribution in making the world free from coercion and gender-based discrimination through writings and research. I believe this would be a powerful tool to make women’s voices loud enough to finally be heard and taken account of.
Ms. Junka BEKKERS Netherland After I graduated from Seinan Gakuin University, I worked for Fukuoka Prefecture Municipalities Officials Mutual Aid Association. I got married and moved to the Netherland. I have two children. I find that the Netherland is an advanced country where people have flexible perception toward gender issue. As an foreign correspondent I will deliver real-time information of the Netherland.
Ms. Arisa JUNIO Philippine I am a graduate of International Studies, major in development studies minor in gender studies of Miriam College, Philippines. I am a co-author of a published research paper in KANITA Inaugural Postgraduate Conference on Gender Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. I am also affiliated with the Development Action for Women Network (DAWN), a non-government organization that caters to the needs of Japanese-Filipino children (JFC) in the Philippines. As a JFC member of DAWN, I was able to contribute in voicing out our sentiments through our annual “Teatro Akebono” by sharing our life stories with Filipino and Japanese audiences.
Ms. Vindhya WEERATUNGA Sri Lanka I am the Director/Chief Executive Officer of ‘LAHES – The Corporate Campus’, the education subsidiary of the diversified business conglomerate, LAUGFS Holdings, Sri Lanka. LAHES – The Corporate Campus offers academic, vocational and executive education programs. I hold an Associate of Science Degree in Management (Summa Cum Laude Honors) and a Bachelor of Science in International Business Management (Magna Cum Laude Honors) from the United States, where I also started my career in Human Resources. I have a Master in Business Administration (Merit) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka and am an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, U.K. I have also undergone extensive training in Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, India and U.S.A. My passion is in writing and sharing my knowledge with others.
Ms. Chisako WAKAMATSU Uzbekistan At present I am engaged in the youth activities in Uzbekistan as a member of the third group of 2013 Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers. I work at Children’s Hospital of Hematology in National Institute for Hematology and Blood Infusion in Tashkent. The patients are the children who suffer from childhood cancer between 1 and 15 years old. There is no recreation program in the hospital to pass time during their stay for medical treatment. The challenge for the hospital is how to mentally support the children to strengthen their immune system. Taking their needs into consideration, I prepare and conduct recreation programs.

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