Claire Achmad, Barnardos NZ
Get to know Claire Achmad, a human rights legal and policy specialist with a particular focus on children's rights. Claire is based in Wellington and working as General Manager Advocacy at Barnardos.
What are you working on right now?
I'm currently collaborating with my former PhD supervisor on an article looking into children's rights in commercial surrogacy practices in Cambodia. This will be a nice continuation on from my PhD, which focused on children's rights in international commercial surrogacy, a practice which has developed over the last decade in many countries in the Asian region.
Tell us the most interesting thing that’s not on your CV:
I'm currently learning Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia. This has been a work in progress for some years now, but I still have a long way to go! It's something I'm really committed to though, because my Dad is Indonesian, from Central Java. I didn't learn Bahasa Indonesia when I was a child, and as an adult, I've realised how important it is for me to do so, as an integral part of my own heritage and cultural identity.
What’s your favourite book about Asia?
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth is pretty epic. It's a long read, but is beautifully written, and captures the sounds, smells, colours and light and dark of India through a tale of family, love and longing. It takes me back to my travels in India with my husband Peter, and all the wonderful people we met, beautiful places we experienced, delicious Indian vegetarian food we savoured and also some of the challenging things we saw, too, such as the extreme inequality and poverty.
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