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Congratulations to Ph.D. students Cassandra Preece and Aye Lei Tun for being awarded the UBC-IDRC Myanmar Fellowship!

Ph.D. students Cassandra Preece and Aye Lei Tun were recently selected as 2021 UBC Myanmar Initiative Fellows. The UBC Myanmar Initiative is a joint University of British Columbia (UBC) and IDRC’s K4DM initiative to support researchers and democratization in Myanmar.

Jan 12, 2022

Cassandra and Aye Lei received the fellowship award to support their participation at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS) Annual Conference from Oct 21st-24th 2021, where they presented their co-authored paper on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Ethnic Minority Women in Myanmar’s Conflict Zones”. Along with co-author and former McMaster student Elaina Nguyen, their paper highlights the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, policy responses and the recent coup on women in Myanmar’s conflict zones, focusing on gender-based violence, access to information and economic effects.

Presently, Cassandra and Aye Lei are chapter contributors to another IDRC-funded book project, “Putting Women Up: Promoting Gender Equality in Myanmar Politics” co-edited by Dr. Netina Tan (McMaster) and Dr. Meredith Weiss (University at Albany, State University of New York) which examines the institutional and cultural barriers to women’s participation in Myanmar politics.

Cassandra and Aye Lei would like to thank the IDRC and UBC for the fellowship opportunity and look forward to continuing their research contributions on Myanmar.