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Member Since 28 Nov 2009 (9 años 50 semanas)
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Full name Angela Marianne Kuga Thas
Country Malaysia
Organization APC WNSP
GEM Research Coordinator
Interests Angela’s current interests lie in the areas of gender and information and communication technology (ICT), gender and sexuality, gender evaluation, social entrepreneurship, and young people’s, particularly young women’s, empowerment.
Short bio Angela M. Kuga Thas, is a Malaysian and holds a Bachelor in Economics. She first got involved in the development sector in late 1990. An advocate for women’s empowerment and non-discrimination, Angela draws her knowledge and experience from her wider networking and previous work with women’s rights advocates on the CEDAW Convention (with IWRAW Asia Pacific) and in the area of women’s sexual and reproductive health (with ARROW), as well as in the provision of microcredit to poor women (with APDC). Angela has been a member of the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) since August 2002, and has been particularly active in supporting the work of the network in its gender and ICT policy advocacy during the processes of the World Summit on the Information Society. She played a lead role in the APC WNSP’s inaugural Gender and ICT Awards collaborative project with the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), and played a key role in the successful Malaysian replication of the Women’s Electronic Network Training (WENT), a regional ICT training workshop which was jointly managed annually by the APC WNSP and APWINC on behalf of AWORC from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, with Chat Garcia Ramilo and Cheekay Cinco, Angela co-wrote the gender and ICT e-primer for the Asian Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP). Her paper “Paddling in Circles while the Waters Rise: Gender Issues in ICT and Poverty Reduction” describes a number of critical issues faced by the winners of the Gender and ICT Awards of 2005, as well as other ICT4D practitioners who use ICTs for poverty reduction. Angela played a lead role in designing the Seed Grant and Small Innovative Projects (SGSIP) Fund of the GKP and plays an advisory role to its Youth Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (YSEI). Through these, Angela has actively advocated the integration of a gender analysis and focus for all collaborative or supported projects, as well as the wider use of APC WNSP’s Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM). Angela has always been passionate about building up the capacity of others, particularly young women, and with a group of like-minded women and men, founded Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS) in December 2002. Working within a gender equality and human rights framework, KRYSS aims to better enable young people in dealing with and addressing identity-based discrimination, and adopts the use of creative arts in its training. In 2004, with funding support from the Global Fund for Women, KRYSS held a national human rights leadership training workshop in the Philippines for 23 young people from all over the country and of different religious and ethnic origins. In 2005, KRYSS in collaboration with Reka Art Space, a local art gallery in Malaysia, implemented “Scripted Bodies”, a project that sought to bring together activists and artists in exploring issues of identity through visual art. In subsequent years, KRYSS has evolved into an incubation platform of sorts for young women and young LGBTIQ in support of realising their ideas and activities.


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