(BANGKOK, April 6, 2022)—On April 6, 2022, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) selected Fortify Rights’s Regional Director Vanessa Chong and Human Rights Advocacy Specialist Patrick Phongsathorn to serve as mentors in its YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy 2022 Mentorship Programme. This year, the Academy will be held virtually and support 55 emerging women leaders working in the human rights sector from 11 Southeast Asian countries. Through this eight-month program, Vanessa and Patrick will mentor young women human rights defenders to advance their leadership skills and ability to set goals, define objectives, and develop action plans. Mentors involved in this program are considered experienced human rights professionals.

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