Radio producers Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and Lu Olkowski are covering the election in Burma from the vantage point of several Karen women in Thailand, who are anxiously awaiting election results in their home country. Guyer-Stevens has reported from the Thai/Burma before; her Outer Voices story Kawthoolei, demystifies the complicated history of Burma’s ethnic groups, while focusing on Karen women activists working for non-violent solutions. Olkowski is producer of Women of Troy and other radio stories that have been heard on All Things Considered, Day to Day, Radiolab, Studio 360, This American Life and Weekend America.
In 2008, Cambodian Member of Parliament Mu Sochua was embroiled in a court battle with Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia. Hun Sen threatened to strip Mu Sochua of parliamentary immunity, which could have made it possible to imprison her. Mu Sochua, one of the world’s foremost defenders of women’s and human rights, would have lost her crucial voice for the women and the poorest of the poor in Cambodia.