16 years ago, Timor-Leste reclaimed its independence after decades of brutal occupation. The world’s attention turned away. But for the women whose contributions to independence go unrecognised, the fight never stopped.
In Myanmar—and across Southeast Asia more generally—women are generally under-represented as sources in the media. Efforts have sprung up across the region to address this problem, and through it, change the way in which women are perceived.
Artist Fahmi Reza attracted international attention when he was prosecuted for his work portraying the former Malaysian prime minister as a clown. After the 9 May election, but Fahmi’s motivations remain the same: “to use graphic arts as a weapon to fight against injustice”.
The actual “Smart Nation” that Singaporeans live in is one where personal data is widely collected, inadequately protected, and easily misused; and the ruling elite benefits from keeping the public in a state of ignorance and apathy.
A look at the stories to watch in Southeast Asia this week: Singapore turns into a media circus for a historic summit, protests break out in Vietnam, and what’s with all the bomb jokes on planes in Indonesia?