Marina Mahathir is a Malaysian socio-political activist and writer. She began her career in advocacy in the HIV/AIDS sector and was a member of numerous international and regional committees on HIV/AIDS. She served as the President of the Malaysian AIDS Council for 12 years from 1993-2005 and was also chairperson of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF).
Since then she has focused on issues related to Islam and gender.
Marina has written a fortnightly column in a local English-language daily for more than 20 years, and writes and speaks regularly on current issues particularly where it relates to gender, human rights and religion. She has authored four books, In Liberal Doses (1997), Telling It Straight (2012) and 50 Days: Rantings by MM (2009). Her latest compilation of her columns, Dancing on Thin Ice (2015), was published in December 2015.
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. In March 2016, Marina was conferred the “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” award by the French government.
Marina’s latest ventures are a website for women travellers in Asia and the Middle East, Zafigo.com, and Feefo.TV, a digital TV channel which is an offshoot of the award-winning TV programme 3R-Respect, Relax, Respond which Marina co-produced.