Htar Htar Thet
In 2007, Htar Htar Thet was arrested and sentenced to 19 years in prison by a closed tribunal in Insein Prison. Hers is a true untold story – as a currently reasonably unrecognised champion of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Her message is simple: more women must become empowered to participate in local and global politics. She re-established the Crown Capacity Building and Women’s Leadership School shortly after general amnesty was instituted in 2012. The Yangon-based school offers training programs in leadership, community development, English language, civic education, and women’s empowerment.
Before her arrest, she established the New Generation Students’ Union to advocate for the rule of law in Myanmar. She is the co-founder of the Peace Academy Myanmar, and today she continues to run various programmes and training for women in the face of political opposition. Htar Htar has sat at numerous peace talks on the integration of UN Security Resolutions 1325 and 2122 into regional and national policies.