Ying Tzarm is a human rights activist, aspiring graphic designer and photographer. Due to civil war in her home region, Tzarm moved to Thailand with her family at the age of 14.
In 2001, Tzarm joined the Shan Women’s Action Network, participating in advocacy and human rights campaigns, specifically to free political prisoners from Shan State and to stop dam construction at the Salween River.
From 2007 to 2011, Tzarm worked as Assistant Coordinator and then Coordinator for the Women’s League of Burma’s Information, Documentation and Research. In 2008, she traveled to Geneva, Switzerland along with ten other ethnic women from Burma to present alternative reports on discrimination against women to the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Tzarm previously served as an interpreter for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, from 2011 to 2013.
Currently, Tzarm works as a Partnership Support Officer at The Border Consortium, providing assistance to displaced people and refuges along the Thai-Burma border.
Through self-study and support from family and friends, Tzarm has become proficient in information technology and graphic design. She uses these skills to support women’s organizations in publication design, website updating and documentation. Tzarm is also fluent in Shan, Burmese, Thai and English and has over ten years of translation and interpretation experience. Tzarm hopes to attend university to study computer science in order to use multi-media to promote democracy, human rights and equality for all.