Trimita Chakma (Class of 2012)
Trimita is an advocate for women’s human rights. In the last decade, she has worked with more than 85 grassroots communities across 22 countries in the Asia and the Pacific, building their capacity in using Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) to influence local, national and international policies/ practices on the issues of labour, migration, land rights, climate justice and trade/ economic justice.
She is currently engaged in facilitating FPAR projects in the areas of youth activism in Kiribati and Fiji; and water governance in the Mekong region. She is working as the Communications and Campaigns Consultant at Public Services International, a global trade union federation representing 30 million workers in 154 countries, while undertaking an MA in Asian Women's Studies at Ewha Womans University in South Korea. She has previously worked at APWLD- Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development.
Trimita completed her M.Sc. in IT Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 on an Australia Awards Scholarship. She is a member of Kapaeeng Foundation, an indigenous people’s rights organization in Bangladesh. In 2012 she received an Australian Alumni Excellence Award for Young Alumni and was nominated as an Asia 21 Young Leader by Asia Society. In 2013 she was selected as one of the 100 global participants to attend the UNAOC-EF summer school in New York as a representative from Bangladesh. She also supports the UWC education movement as an alumna and a member of the UWC National Committee in Bangladesh.