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In celebration of International Women's Day, Lucy alumna Professor Marie Lall reflects on the role women played in Myanmar's reform and peace process.

This talk reviewed the role women played in Myanmar's reform and peace process between 2005 and 2020. The education sector was used as a case study to showcase what changes the country went through and how this would have been impossible without the courage and dedication of a number of female actors and activists.

About the speaker

Professor Marie Lall is chair in Education and South Asian Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. She is the former Pro-Vice-Provost for South Asia. Professor Lall is a South Asia expert (India, Pakistan and Burma/Myanmar) with almost 30 years of experience in the region specialising in political issues and education. She has authored over 100 publications including 10 books (with two more in print). Her most recent books include Youth and the National Narrative - Education, Terrorism and the Security State in Pakistan (Bloomsbury 2020) and Myanmar’s Education Reforms – a pathway to social justice? (UCL press 2021). She has been instrumental in providing thought leadership to development agencies, policy makers and governments in the region and internationally. She has worked with the World Bank, UNICEF, the British Council, AUSAID, South Asian philanthropic bodies as well as various government ministries. In 2019 her work was honoured at the House of Commons and she was named as one of the 100 most influential people on UK-India relations (