Cheery Zahau is the Country Program Director (Myanmar) at the Project 2049 Institute. She is a human rights activist, feminist, writer and researcher
from Chin State, Burma. She successfully formed the "Women’s League of
Chinland”. She is a major author on a report titled “Unsafe State” where she conducted first-hand research on sexual violence against Chin women committed by
the government's military troops. She coordinated and contributed three
major reports to the United Nation's UPR, CRC and CEDAW committees. She has testified at the UN, British Parliament, US Congressional Hearings and other
governments on the human rights situation in Chin State and Burma. She was
awarded “ Chin Person of the Year 2011” by the Chin people. The
Irrawaddy Magazine listed her as one of “ Burma’s News Makers 2011”.
She has trained hundreds of people on human rights and women’s human
rights over the past 15 years. She is also the author of several
qualitative research reports on Women’s Access to Justice in Plural
Legal System in Burma, LGBT rights and the Rule of Law, Youth Movement
Assessment, Women, Security and Peace, Sexual violence and minor rape,
and service provisions in Burma, among others.
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