Meet Julia Marip, a 28 year--old women’s rights activist originally from Shan State in Burma, now based in Thailand’s Chiang Mai. With a degree in English from Lashio University, she has participated in an internship with ALTSEAN Burma in Bangkok as well as an internship with People in Need in the Czech Republic.
Currently, Julia works as an Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator with Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT). Julia joined the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand as part of the advocacy team in 2003, and in 2011 took up the position of Anti--Trafficking Program Coordinator. Julia’s work is focused on the gender violence experienced by Burmese women, and she was part of the research team that brought KWAT’s reports on the trafficking of Kachin women into China, “Driven Away” and “Eastward Bound.” Julia took part in the United Nations 42nd Sessions of the CEDAW in 2008, and continues to gather information on the human rights crisis in Burma with frequent trips into the field.