Marina has written a fortnightly column on social issues in a local English-language daily for more than 20 years. Marina Mahathir is a writer, women’s rights and HIV/AIDS activist and TV producer. She served as the President of the Malaysian AIDS Council for 12 years from 1993-2005. In addition Marina has served on many regional and international HIV/AIDS bodies including the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (ASAP), UNAIDS and the Asia Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV and Development (APLF).
Currently she is a member of the Board of Sisters in Islam, which advocates for justice and equality for Muslim women. She is also a member of the International Advisory Group of Musawah, the global movement for justice and equality in the Muslim family.
Speaks regularly on women’s issues particularly where it relates to Islam, gender and HIV/AIDS. Between 2001 and 2009, she was Co-Executive Producer of an award-winning TV programme for young women, 3R-Respect, Relax and Respond, and will resume that role in the new 3R series beginning in 2013. She is also an avid blogger with her own blog, rantingsbymm.blogspot.com, a Twitterer (@netraKL) and Facebooker. She has authored three books, In Liberal Doses (1997) and Telling It Straight (2012), compilations of her newspaper columns, and 50 Days:Rantings by MM (2009).
In 2010, Marina was named the UN Person of the Year by the United Nations in Malaysia. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in 2011, Marina was one of only two Malaysian women named to WomenDeliver.org’s list of 100 Most Inspiring People Delivering for Girls and Women (womendeliver.org/knowledge-center/publications/women-deliver-100/).
Marina also sits on the Board of the Maybank Foundation, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
In 1997, Marina was awarded the Datuk Paduka Mahkota Selangor by HRH the Sultan of Selangor, which carries the title ‘Datin Paduka’.
1. Fatal Confluences? Islam, gender and HIV/AIDS in Malaysia, contribution to Islam and AIDS: Between Scorn, Pity & Justice, edited by Farid Esack and Sarah Chiddy, 2009
2. Foreword, Drug Law Reform in East and Southeast Asia, edited by Fifa Rahman and Nick Crofts, 2013
3. Foreword, Sharing Identities: Celebrating Dance in Malaysia, edited by Mohd Anis Mohd Noor and Stephanie Burridge, 2011
4. Foreword, Abiding Times Two, Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz, 2011