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.

Women’s Exchanges are at the Heart of Women’s Empowerment

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SWAN’s mission is gender equality so we work at all levels to affect this. One of our major grass-roots approaches is hosting Women’s Exchanges where we invite any woman to attend: old or young; academic or illiterate; student, worker or house manager and mother. In mid-July 2016, SWAN’s local Focal Points *, community health workers and some of our staff from Taunggyi organised a series Women’s Exchanges over 3 days in 3 villages around Kunhing in Central Shan State, Burma. These successful community forums for women’s issues attracted in total 147 women from the areas around these 3 villages.

SWAN participates in Women’s Exchange, Nepal (20-25th June 2016)

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Two SWAN staff members had the chance to attended the CREA Women’s Exchange (20-25th June 2016) in Nepal in June, 2016. Organized by CREA, a feminist organization working for women’s rights based in India, this Women’s Exchange was held in Kathmandu. Women of Burma’s various ethnic groups were represented with 7 women’s organisations from Burma participating, including SWAN.

SWAN’s 2016 Young Women’s Leadership Training a Huge Success

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SWANs 2016 Young Womens Leadership Training a Huge Success

SWAN’s Young Women’s Leadership Training for 2016 is coming to a close. Thirteen youths took part in this 3 month long training inside Shan State, Burma. This time around the training combined experts, mentors and experienced facilitators to provide a holistic leadership learning experience for these young women. Human Rights, community development, ABCD (assets based community development), democracy, Burma’s Constitution, law, women’s rights, ASEAN, research and report writing, networking and advocacy are just some of the important topics explored and practiced by the trainees.

Professional Development for SWAN Teachers in May

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SWAN has just finished some important training for our teachers, 37 of them in fact. Held in May, in Northern Thailand, teachers from the network schools in Shan State, inside Burma, and from the SWAN supported schools along the Thai border spent a week learning from multiple facilitators and SWAN staff, and networking amongst themselves. The teachers learnt about different methods of teaching and teaching philosophies including the child-centred method, teacher-centred method, newer teaching methods as well as getting updated the official policies for teaching in Thailand’s Government schools. Teachers also learnt important methods of encouraging and supporting each other in their work, and they participated in team and trust building exercises to help build their team morale.