Fight for Muslim women’s rights gets personal
Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010
THIS peace activist, women’s rights advocate and community organizer is walking her talk by running for senator.
Yasmin Busran-Lao, 50, a candidate of the Liberal Party (LP), has made public service her life’s mission. She works with disadvantaged communities and the women of Muslim Mindanao, having grown up amid its violent conflicts and grinding poverty.
For her efforts, she was awarded the Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Fellowship for Professional Development by the US Embassy and the Benigno S. Aquino Foundation in 2005.
“Fighting for the rights of Muslim women and other marginalized groups is something personal for me. I get enough satisfaction helping people gain a certain control over their lives,” Lao told the Women’s Feature Service.
Lao believes that ordinary people must be given opportunities to serve the country even if “they do not have the money and the clout that most politicians have.”