Ms. Hlaing is an advocate and social worker with over 15 years of experience in organizational development, advocacy, project management, humanitarian work and women empowerment. She has experience organizing campaigns, publishing resource materials and documentary films, and leading a network-based local organization. Ms. Hlaing holds an Master of Science in Gender and Development Studies from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. Ms. Hlaing consistently promotes diversity, mutual respect, trust and constructive communication. She has led and organized the “Vote for Women Campaign” and advocated for and promoted ethnic women politicians in the 2015 General Election in Myanmar. She has produced several documentaries to highlight women’s rights. Her documentary film “History of International Women’s Day” aired on state-owned channels in Myanmar and was also shown and distributed to policy makers, NGOs, libraries, and Institutes of Liberal Arts and Theology. Her second documentary, “Just a Woman,” highlights the challenges faced by female politicians in Myanmar and was screened with other selected films at the Human Rights and Human Dignity Film Festival in June 2017. During her Fellowship year Ms. Hlaing would like to engage with academic and professional practitioners, policy makers and legislators to enhance her understanding of the formulation, analysis and implementation of policy and law, effective campaigning strategies for social change, and leadership and advocacy skills through the exploration of theory and experiential learning. She also plans to study the US education system and refugee resettlement program.