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ASEAN Forum 2017

Women in ASEAN

In the 50th year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN Forum 2017 explores the role of women in our region; acknowledging accomplishments and shedding light on the challenges faced by women in Southeast Asia.

ASEAN Forum 2017 will bring together leading academic thinkers, activists and policy makers to discuss and debate the political, economic and social position of women in Southeast Asia and what is being done to advance the standing of women in the region. The forum will focus on women’s involvement in three key domains: work, politics and development.

When: 12–6pm, Friday 6 October 2017

Where: New Law School, Camperdown campus, University of Sydney

As part of ASEAN Forum 2017, two additional events will be held on 5 October 2017 (more details to be released soon):


Dr Kelly Gerard, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of West Australia

Kelly Gerard is a senior lecturer of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. Her research spans political economy, development and social movements in Southeast Asia. She is the author of ‘ASEAN’s Engagement of Civil Society: Regulating Dissent, Basingstoke’ (Palgrave Macmillan) and co-author of ‘Studies in the Political Economy of public Policy’ (Palgrave Macmillan) as well as the author of numerous chapters focusing on ASEAN and politics in Southeast Asia. Kelly is a Research Associate at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University where she previously held the position of Postdoctoral fellow. She was also previously a visiting Research Fellow at the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong (2014-2015).

Chair: Dr Aim Sinpeng, Department of Government and International Relations

Dr Khin Mar Mar Kyi, Research Associate in Anthropology, University of Oxford

Dr Khin Mar Mar Kyi is the inaugural Daw Augn San Suu Kyi Gender Research Fellow, an award winning social anthropologist and Research Associate in Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Dr Mar was the winner of the 2012 Excellence in Gender Research Award for her PhD at the Australian National University, received an Australian ‘Unsung Heroes’ Award in 2008 and was selected as one of the UN 100 women in 100 years award.  She is also the producer of acclaimed documentary, Dreams of Dutiful Daughters (2013). Dr Mar has previously taught as a lecturer at the Australian National University and has worked as a country adviser and a senior consultant in Australia. 

Associate Professor Maznah Mohamad, Department of Malay Studies and Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

Assoc Prof Maznah Mohamad is a joint-appointment with the Departments of Malay Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. Previously, she was with the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang and the University of Toronto as Visiting Professor of ASEAN and International Studies. Her publications include ‘Feminism and the women’s movement in Malaysia: An unsung (R)evolution’ (Routledge) and ‘The Malay handloom weavers: A study of the rise and decline of traditional manufacture’ (ISEAS), as well editorial work on several publications. Assoc Prof Mohamad is currently researching Islamic law-making in the modern world.

Chair: TBA

Dr Mary Barby Badayos Jover, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines, Visayas

Professor Michele Ford, Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney

Professor Michele Ford is Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and an ARC Future Fellow. Her research interests are in Southeast Asian labour movements, labour migration and trade union aid. Michele’s research has been supported by several Australian Research Council Discovery Project grants related to these and other topics. She has also been involved in extensive consultancy work for the international labour movement and the Australian Government.

Chair: TBA

Ms Ivonia Pinto Tsia, Centre of Studies for Peace and Development, Timor

Ms Vichhra Mouyly, International Labour Organisation, Cambodia

Speakers and details will be updated over the coming months.

This event is free and open to the public with online registration. Please confirm your attendance for planning and catering purposes.