SOGIESC-Informed Democratic Participation in Southeast Asia

SOGIESC-Informed Democratic Participation in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is now facing a variety of political crises ranging from the rise of authoritarian regimes to chauvinistic nationalism movements that suppressed the organising for emancipatory politics for the oppressed in the region.

We would like to expand the understanding of SEA’s democracy through a feminist lens to move beyond a simple focus on just representational democratic practices. By studying the existing and potential feminist and gender justice interventions in Southeast Asia, we believe it will help us understand how we can strengthen the democratic movements—which are not limited to race, gender and class—to imagine radical emancipatory politics for the Southeast Asia region.


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Even if it Takes Decades: Reimagining Myanmar’s Feminist Future

After decades of continuous struggle, feminist values now play a crucial role in the democratisation process of Myanmar. In this comic, Thet Wai takes us to visit the struggle of feminist movements amidst the ingrained sexism in Myanmar. This episode tells us that a feminist democratic future is always worth hoping for.

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A Tale of Queer Migration – Homeward

In this very personal comic trilogy, visual artist and ethnographer Asmara S. Wigati takes us on their journey migrating across islands in Indonesia in search of a better life. This final episode ends the trilogy in a hopeful note of how queer people have always been at the heart of collective care.

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A Tale of Queer Migration – Transition

In this very personal comic trilogy, visual artist and ethnographer Asmara S. Wigati takes us on their journey migrating across islands in Indonesia in search of a better life. This second episode contemplates the bureaucratic troubles trans people are forced to go through in their job search and other necessary businesses in life.

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Past Events

/ba.ca/ with New Naratif: Feminism as a Tool for Democracy in Southeast Asia Event Recap

Revisit /ba·ca/ featuring Democratic Participation Researcher, Thet Wai, and Filipino environmental journalist, Mavic Conde here.

Democracy Classroom: SOGIESC Equality Event Recap

We brough together a small group of participants to discuss the struggles of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Philippines and their quest for recognition as well as basic rights.


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