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Thet Mon Ko

2015 Class, Burma
Liberty and Leadership Forum

Thet Mon Ko is a civil society leader focused on strengthening women’s rights and human rights in Burma. She believes women’s participation in civil society is vital to the success of the country’s democratization process.

Thet Mon Ko participated in the Saffron Revolution in 2007 and was forced to flee her hometown and settle in Rangoon after helping to organize one of the pro-democracy demonstrations led by Buddhist monks. Her father was arrested after the Saffron Revolution, having already faced a 25-year sentence when Thet Mon Ko was a child. Since 2007, Thet Mon Ko has lived in both Rangoon and her hometown of Pakokku, helping people living with HIV/AIDS. Since 2010, she has been active in providing support to the leper community in her hometown.

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