Marina Mahathir is a Malaysian socio-political activist and writer. She began her career in advocacy in the HIV/AIDS sector. She served as President of the Malaysian AIDS Council from 1993-2005 and was chairperson of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF).
Currently, she is a member of the International Advisory Group of Musawah, the global movement for equality in the Muslim family. She was previously a Board member of Sisters in Islam.
Marina writes for a local English-language daily, and speaks regularly on current issues particularly relating to gender, human rights and religion. She has authored four books, In Liberal Doses (1997), Telling It Straight (2012), 50 Days: Rantings by MM (2009) and Dancing on Thin Ice (2015).
In 2010, Marina was named the UN Person of the Year by the United Nations in Malaysia. On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in 2011, Marina was named in 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 also created a website for women travellers in Asia and the Middle East, Zafigo.com.