Statement from the Shan Women’s Action Network On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2017

25 November 2017

On this day of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN) urges the Government of Myanmar (GOM) to comply with their obligation to Article 10 of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which calls for providing women and girls with equal access to education. SWAN also calls on the Tatmadaw to cease decade-long armed conflict in Shan State and other ethnic states, which hinders access to education for women and girls[..]

Summary of SWANs Women’s-get together and 18th Anniversary

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All SWAN staff, from both Chiang Mai and Taunggyi, travelled to Lashio in northern Shan State on the 21st March in preparation for the landmark occasion of the Shan Women’s Get-together and 18th Anniversary of SWAN’s inception. SWAN also used this important time to meet with community leaders, local authorities and EAO officials, stakeholders and community organisations. Lashio is a new working area for SWAN and accordingly, we prioritised community consultation, engaging and networking to strengthen the relationships for our future collaboration and to determine the needs of the community.

4th Emerging Women’s Leadership Training

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SWAN’s 4th Emerging Women’s Leadership Training (EWLT) was held in Chiang Mai over three weeks, from the 19th of September to the 7th of October 2016. The 16 emerging leaders travelled from their homes from different part of Shan State, Kachin State, Sagaing Division and Mandalay Division. Mostly they are from Kachin State – Bamaw, Sagaing Division - Homaline, Mandalay Division – Mandalay, Northern Shan State - Hsenwi, Hsipaw, Kyaukme, Nam Lan, Southern Shan State - Pang Loung, Mong Hsu, Kesi, Kho Lam, Taunggyi. Three of SWAN’s current interns also had the opportunity to attend the training as well as four of SWAN’s current staff members.