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.