Being a Japanese-American Human Rights Activist Internationally

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About Session: Informal dialogue about life as a Japanese American Human Rights Activist working internationally, and the power of arts, culture, and fashion in bridging communities.


About Maya Soetoro: Dr. Maya Soetoro is the Associate Specialist at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She was previously the Director of the Matsunaga Institute where, in addition to leading outreach and development initiatives, she also taught Leadership for Social Change, History of Peace Movements, Peace Education, and Conflict Management for Educators. Maya also serves as a consultant to the Obama Foundation, working closely with their international team to develop programming in the Pacific-Asia region. Co-Sponsored: Conflict and Peace Specialist, Matsunaga Institute for Peace, and Women4Nonviolence To learn more about the Conflict and Peace Specialist, visit us at



About Betsy Kawamura: Betsy Kawamura is founder of Women4Nonviolence in Peace+Conflict Zones. As a Japanese American survivor of GBV gender-based violence, she has worked internationally to empower other survivors, especially those of Asia-Pacific origin through instruments including UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS women, peace and security. Her experiences in the corporate sector and art background have complemented her holistic approaches for survivors’ well-being. Learn more about Women4Nonviolence at Additionally, you can learn further about Ms. Kawamura from another of her talks from September 2023 on "A WPS Special: Mental Health, SGBV, and Policy Planning."



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