Marina Mahathir is a writer and activist whose passion for women’s rights has been a constant thread throughout her working life.

As a newspaper columnist she has written about the many injustices Malaysian women suffer for over 25 years. As an HIV/AIDS activist, she has fought for the vulnerabilities of women in the epidemic to be recognised and acted upon in order to protect them.

She has also co-produced a TV programme for young women, 3R-Respect, Relax and Respond, to educate them about their rights and to provide options in life other than what they are often given.

She is also on the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh which seeks to provide tertiary education to young Asian women from underprivileged backgrounds.

Marina has been particularly interested in Muslim women’s rights and is a member of the advocacy group Sisters in Islam, and sits on the International Advisory Group of Musawah, the global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family.

In 2014, Marina founded Zafigo.com,a travel website for women in Asia, which seeks to empower women through informed and independent travel.