Southeast and East Asia
The Foundation's work in Southeast and East Asia is aimed to support political, economic, and social developments. On a regional level, this is realized in cooperation with our partners like the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), the Economic Network Asia (EFN), and the Working group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. We bring together like-minded individuals in the region to promote the liberal principles of individual freedom, social market economy, and the protection of human rights.
Women have a choice
Sara is aware that a lot of complex issues face women today, including unequal pay as well as unpaid work, and child care. She highlighted that education is still the solution: continuous learning for one’s self and civic education for the society.
Wisdom and compassion will prevent another infodemic
For Supinya Klangnarong who heads Co-fact, a fact-checking platform in Thailand, a double dose of vaccine is also necessary to curb misinformation: wisdom coupled with compassion. She hopes that the world achieves a level of equanimity where people would not resort to conspiracies and hate online and offline.
Presenting: Wonder Women of Southeast Asia
A digital policy specialist. A human resource professional and homemaker. A business manager turned civil society activist. An architect, technologist, and educator. A frontline doctor. A public official creating spaces for entrepreneurship. Women who will share innovative ways to restart.
Musical collaboration of Southeast Asian artists conveys optimism amidst the pandemic
Restart song brings positive spirit. It's a showcase that something beautiful can be created through solidarity. With an upbeat melody and colorful effects, it communicates confidence in a fresh beginning.
Defending women’s rights in Islam
As the Executive Director of Malaysia's Sisters in Islam, Rozana Isa's role is to make sure that Muslim women are being heard. She finds women are being grossly disadvantaged under the Syariah laws, and she believes that women have a right to question the injustice they experience in the name of Islam. Isa’s resolve to make Islam truly stand for equality and justice is remarkable.
Apply for a Journalism Scholarship
We're looking for freelance journalists from Southeast or East Asia who have less than five years work-experience, solid journalism skills, treasure journalistic ethics and standards, are fluent in English, and share FNF ́s liberal values. Successful applicants will get training, receive EUR 2000, and become part of a region-wide media network. Apply before 15 May 2021.
A phenomenal song from a generation that speaks out
A song about breaking free from domestic violence, Born Free, earned the judges nod at the regional songwriting contest, Living Freedom. Composed by Aether, a group of young artists from Myanmar, Born Free was recognized for its authenticity – the relevance of the message given the rise of domestic abuse during the pandemic, and the heartfelt emotions expressed in the song.