Woman of the month: Kayan Leung
The portrait of the ‘woman of the month’ is back with Ms. Kayan Leung, a South African citizen born in Hong Kong!
As part of Women’s Month, the French Embassy in South Africa was pleased to interview Mrs. Kayan Leung - attorney for “Lawyers for Human Rights – LHR”- who did a study trip in France in May 2017 as she was selected by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs as part of ‘France’s International Visitor Leadership Programme’ (in French “Programme d’invitations des personnalités d’avenir”, PIPA).
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is an organisation in charge of the ‘refugee and migrant rights’. Lawyers for Human Rights is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation whose vision is to be: a leading, effective human rights and constitutional watchdog and advocate, an international force in the development and delivery of human rights, with a primary focus in Africa, a primary contributor to clear strategic policy on the delivery of socio-economic rights for the disadvantaged. To this end, LHR strives to promote awareness, protection and enforcement of legal and human rights through the creation of a human rights culture.
Between September 2015 and May 2017, the French Embassy through the Civil Society Development Fund supported LHR’s project “The Mobile Suite for Refugees and Asylum Seekers” aiming at assisting refugees and asylum seekers.
Created in 1989, ‘France’s International Visitor Leadership Programme’ invites over 100 young leaders every year to France, from approximately 40 different countries. The programme selects young prominent personalities who have a growing influence on their country’s affairs and at times, on their country’s relationship with France. The programme provides future élites with a real knowledge of France and fosters the exchange of ideas.
Our woman of the month, Kayan Leung, also spoke to us in a more personal way. Listen to the advice she would give young women wanting to become attorneys and the reasons she chose this career: