APRRN Chair, Hafsar Tameesuddin

Hafsar is a former stateless person, asylum seeker, and a Rohingya refugee from Myanmar. During her time as a refugee in Malaysia and now in New Zealand, she has been involved in advocacy and activism on statelessness, refugee rights, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and LGBTQI rights. She is currently the steering committee of the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR). For eight years in Malaysia, she worked with refugee communities on the prevention and response to SGBV, including child marriage as part of the Refugee Women Protection Corp with International Catholic Migration Commission. Furthermore, she is studying in Auckland and working part-time with Asylum Seeker Support Trust.

Hafsar is the New Zealand country coordinator of the Free Rohingya Coalition [FRC], a representative of the Rohingya Youth Association [RYA] from Cox’s Bazar and a core working group member of the global movement against statelessness led by the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. She hopes to contribute and bring positive changes through her lived experiences and experience advocating for the rights of refugees, stateless persons, asylum seekers, and LGBTQI communities. She believes in creating transformative changes through empowerment, capacity building, and meaningful participation of the communities.

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