Kathy is Program Manager of Phandeeyar Innovation Hub’s Tech for Peace Program. In 2019, she received a full scholarship from Open Society Foundation and is studying MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development studies at SOAS, University of London. She started her career as a lawyer and programme officer with a local non-governmental organization in Mandalay in 2013. She is actively involved in Peace and Human Rights projects. She worked as a program trainer of the Institute for Political and Civic Education (iPACE) on Human Rights, TOT for civic education and organizational development in 2016. Since 2014, she has been actively involved in interreligious dialogue and interfaith programs in Mandalay.
She leads a social media fellowship program to empower CSO leaders to use social media more effectively, to reduce hate speech and disinformation among diverse communities. And also, she is working for a digital literacy program and social research to understand the digital culture in Myanmar and hate speech from 2016 to present. She is one of the alumni of Myanmar Young Leadership program at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her favourite motto is “peace begins with a smile”.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Let’s Talk Let’s Change Training
From 14 to 17 August team conducted four days Let’s talk Let’s change training in Amarapura to raise awareness and skills of IRD and storytelling skills by giving training to 22 participants from 12 organizations, volunteers and students in Amarapura Hotel. On 18 August, one-day training was conducted and shared content creation strategies, news literacy, photo verification tools, online harassment to 39 women participants who come from 26 cities across Myanmar. Day one and day two only focused on the topics of diversity, pluralism and storytelling, Participants did the training pretest on day one-morning session by doing step up step back game to know the level of participants. The trainer asked for training expectations from the participants. All of their expectations are lined with our curriculum. On day three, participants visited four religious sites and learned the basic principle of different religions. Day four focused story collection and writing a story and giving feedback by peers and posting on social media. Day five covered understanding content creation, news literacy, and photo verification to counter hate speech and disinformation on social media. The trainer also shared online harassment to women participants. Every morning participants lead the recap session and evening closing session trainer lead reflection session. On the last day, all participants did a training evaluation and all participants received the certificate.