Gen A | Youth in Revolt: MyanmarVIEW EVENT DETAILS
#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar: How are young women leading Myanmar’s anti-coup protests from within and outside of national borders?
Since the Myanmar military seized power in February, acts of civilian opposition are being met with increasing brutality. Peaceful protestors resisting military take over and demanding the release of civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi are losing their lives at the hands of the junta. Those on the front lines of these pro-democracy demonstrations are overwhelmingly young people, who, despite the gravity of the situation and a lack of financial and other resources, are continuing to mobilise with humour, creativity, and a digital expertise not known by the generations that came before them. Emerging too is a growing number of women taking a lead role in the fight for freedom and democracy.
Asia Society Australia is honoured to host Burmese activists Wai Wai Nu and Aye Thiri Kyaw, in-conversation with ANU's Dr Justine Chambers, for an important discussion on the growing unrest in Myanmar and how women and young people are exercising agency and the tools at their disposal to lead the decentralised anti-coup movement, moderated by Asia Society Policy Institute Senior Fellow Richard Maude.
Date: Thursday 15 April 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AEST
This event is open to all Asia Society members and youth partners and is by invitation only. Registration is essential. For any enquiries, please contact email@example.com. If you would like to access this event and are a member of an Australian Asia-focused youth organisation, please contact your organisation’s executive team.
About the Series
Youth in Revolt: Asia’s Pro-Democracy Movements
Pro-democracy sentiment is sweeping across Asia and young people are leading the charge. #MilkTeaAlliance has emerged as not only a hashtag, but a rallying cry and display of solidarity against increasing authoritarianism throughout the region. In Hong Kong, Thailand, and now Myanmar, harrowing scenes of militarised violence are often juxtaposed with images of pop culture, pop music and puns - Gen Z’s flair pervades despite the very serious risk to life and livelihood posed to those demonstrating.
Asia Society Australia, under our Generation Asia initiative, is proud to announce a new series exploring youth-led pro-democracy movements across Asia.
This series will track the human cost and impact of youth-led movements, unpack the role and capacity for social media to mobilise the masses and examine how young people are demanding action, stepping into their power and emerging as a powerful force in the fight for democracy. Discussions will bring youth activists together with leading analysts and academics from foreign policy, defence and security, and social sciences.
About our Speakers
Gen A (Generation Asia) is Asia Society Australia’s young leaders network. It is a learning and leadership development platform for early career professionals (under 35) from our member and partner organisations. Gen A activities are content-driven and designed to enrich participants understanding of Asia and Australia’s place in the region. Gen A members gain access to leading business, policy, trade, diversity and cultural thinkers on Asia and join a network of peers who are passionate about our region.from the business, political, educational and cultural institutions that make up the Asia Society network.
Asia Society Australia acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.
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