A call to arrest and “educate” transgender people in Malaysia has raised the ire of activists. The country’s Religious Affairs minister recently said he has given “full license” to Islamic authorities to ensure transgender people came “back to the right path”. It prompted an outcry, with many saying it highlighted the lack of legal protection and discrimination faced by marginalised communities in Malaysia. In 2017, a transgender woman was stabbed and shot to death , while a trans sex worker was beaten to death the following year. They’re not alone in facing this stigma. For transgender people in rural China , scorn and rejection are also often a daily reality. Others across Asia, however, have managed to defy stereotypes, break barriers, and excel in their own fields. In Taiwan, Audrey Tang is the island’s first transgender minister and was its youngest minister when she was appointed in 2016. In Thailand, transgender woman Piano has managed to earn professional success, find love, and contribute to society in her own way. She said: “We must fight with no sense of shame and no fear. We’re not only doing it for ourselves, but also for future generations.” Lunar Voices Rather than asking ‘why me?’, I've started asking myself ‘why not?’. This has really changed how I view opportunities and [I am] learning to take on more risks. Lani Tao Lunar Voices showcases advice and inspiration from our community. Share your quote here . We’d love to hear from you! Stories worth sharing Six women making their mark in Singapore’s politics More women will become lawmakers in Singapore, following the city state’s general elections last week. With women now accounting for 29 per cent of elected seats, it could herald a shift in the country’s traditionally male-dominated political landscape. South Korea has a deep sexism problem The magnitude of South Korea’s sexism problem has been highlighted by the case of a top politician accused of sexual harassment, say activists. They say Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, by taking his own life, has avoided shame and punishment . How the Philippines’ best brands took over the world From San Miguel lager to the famous “chickenjoy” of fast food chain Jollibee, home-grown brands from the Philippines have made a mark internationally. This is how Filipinos made homes all over the world , taking their most trusted brands with them. TikTok was a ‘stress reliever’ for Hong Kong’s helpers, but now it’s gone Short video app TikTok was a hit among Hong Kong’s 400,000 domestic helpers. Now, it’s removed from the city’s app stores , users are blocked from accessing it, and the helpers’ ‘stress reliever’ is gone. Sisters producing award-winning wines in … Thailand Thailand isn’t where one would expect to find a vineyard. But sisters Mimi and Nikki Lohitnavy have battled the tropical climate, chased elephants off their vineyards, and won over sceptics to produce award-winning wines. Now, they’re taking on alcohol laws . From running cutting-edge global companies to speaking out against sexism and stereotypes, women in Asia are making their voices heard around the world. Here at Lunar, we want to provide a platform to elevate and celebrate these voices, while exploring issues that affect women everywhere. Each week, we’ll bring you a curated selection of news, interviews and features about women, by women and for women. Sign up now !