Diana Tan

Lead Researcher Weaving Hopes for the Future 2022

Diana Tan is an Indigenous activist from the Jakun tribe in rural Pahang, a state in Peninsula Malaysia. The 23-year-old activist came from a family that emphasises education to empower the Indigenous resistance for land sovereignty in a region where deforestation is rampant. Diana is also a Fellow at Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) in 2021. Before that, Diana co-founded an outfit called "Apa Kata Wanita Orang Asli" or "What do the Indigenous women say", a platform for young Indigenous women to produce documentaries and content to dispel myths about the Indigenous people and women. The outfit has since screened multiple of their work in Indigenous communities throughout Malaysia and at the Freedom Film Fest.

In 2021, Diana led the young Indigenous women in her region to produce a documentary to document the Loss and Damage across their villages as part of the Weaving Hopes for the Future programme, which was screened in Glasgow during COP26.

Today, Diana is the lead researcher for Weaving Hopes for The Future to coordinate the knowledge management for the Loss and Damage community report of the four Jakun tribes in her region, from coastal to highland.

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