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The Tea Leaf Center | Issue #25

Greetings from the Tea Leaf Center!

This month, we moved to a new office and welcomed a new Finance and Admin Assistant, Salilraya "Nampai" Akkaratanakul. If you're in Chiang Mai, come by the office for some tea (or coffee) and visit us!

We are also finishing an evaluation of a multi-country project promoting indigenous women's participation in development - including evaluating research outputs, fun! We interviewed indigenous activists and researchers in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Laos, and learned a lot about their accomplishments and challenges.
In May, Jon and Aileen both volunteered as guest lecturers for BEAM's Academic Preparation program for students preparing for university. We had a ton of fun with their students, located throughout Myanmar and the Thai-Myanmar border, teaching how to search for secondary sources and how to decide which sources are reliable.
Resources and Tools

It cannot be denied that COVID-19 has changed our ways of working from having a face-to-face conversations to online meetings. The Research People has compiled a list of tools that will make your online facilitation easier. 

For members of civil society organizations or activists who would like to be safe in an online world, the document published by Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) and Asia Development Alliance will guide you through basic process on how to increase your privacy online regardless of your technological level. Several practices and tools are available to be explored here.    

Research needs to take into account gender dynamics in the population being studied. This gender-sensitive conflict analysis guide, published by Conciliation Resources, will help you understand power relations that are a part of the violence and conflict in society. By knowing more about this, you can identify and change the root causes of it.   

The Association for Women's Rights in Development offers its own "Where is the Money?" Toolkit, a research methodology to organizations and individuals who want to conduct their own solid action-research on funding trends for women's rights. Useful resources and steps are provided to ensure that you will have inclusive and effective research.  

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative's Rights Tracker is the first global project to systematically track human rights performance by country. This platform allows you to explore human rights scores and details about the sources of data about rights including the right to education, right to food, right to health, to name a few. This platform is suitable for advocates, researchers, governments, and other sectors to learn more about this data. The methodology section also presents interesting ideas for how to measure these complex topics.     

Trauma-Informed Investigations Field Guide is published by the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh (UNITAD). It is essential for people involved in interviewing victims who may have experienced trauma to apply this guideline to have more understanding about the interviewees' needs. This guide will help interviewers provide a safer and less distressing space for the interviewees to share their experiences.     

We're on Instagram! Follow us for updates and resources - and a minimal amount of food photos once we can get back to doing research in person!
Civil Society Research Outputs

A research report published by CIVICUS highlights the action of the Perikatan Nasional government in Malaysia, which the report says has violated the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association. The use of oppressive law, amidst the time of the pandemic, has negative impact on the ability of civil society and press to share reliable information.   

Since the coup in Myanmar in February, many activists have been arrested and sued, and the press has been suppressed. An Analysis of ASEAN Member States’ Responses to the Myanmar Coup and Recommendations published by Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development presents the summary and analysis of how each ASEAN country has responded to the coup. An alternative step should be considered from other regional experiences as well. 

Terror from the Skies, published by Karen Peace Support Network, focuses on the Myanmar military regime’s troops in Mutraw district of northern Karen State, that severely affect the lives of people whether it be causing mortality or displacement, which poses a serious humanitarian crisis. This briefing paper provides background as well as recommendations for the readers to understand the incidents in the area.  

Sexual exploitation can affect boys as well as girls. The global understanding of this issue is still limited, and the data produced usually focuses merely on girls. ECPAT Thailand has published this Global Initiative to Explore the Sexual Exploitation of Boys to present vulnerabilities facing boys, particular in Thailand. 

Plan International has published Effects of Forced Labor and Trafficking in Persons on Female Relatives of Male Fishers which is the study on women relatives of fishers' awareness of forced labor and trafficking in persons relating to the fishing industry and how they cope with it. The result of this research can inform policymakers and relevant stakeholders on how to improve the lives of affected communities. 

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) has published a data snapshots and a call to action on funding towards feminist organizations. The organization presents the challenges and statistics of that feminist organizations which still do not receive enough fund, particularly the organizations in the Global South even though gender equality has become the priority in many countries.     

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