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The Freedom Collection Spotlights Charm Tong

February 1, 2013 1 minute Read by Christopher Walsh

In honor of Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's historic visit to the United States, we are recognizing Burma’s brave freedom advocates featured in the Freedom Collection. Today we spotlight Charm Tong, who at the age of 17 co-founded the Shan Women’s Action Network that works to end the brutalization of women and children.  At the age of 20, she established the School for Shan State Nationalities Youth as a way to provide young people with a strong education and help them become effective community leaders.  Tong has also launched an internationally-recognized campaign to end the Burmese military’s use of systematic rape against Shan women. Born into violence and growing up in an orphanage, hear Tong discuss her inspiration for becoming a voice for Burma’s women and children:This post was written by Christopher Walsh, Program Coordinator of the Freedom Collection.


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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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