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

SWANs 2016 Young Womens Leadership Training a Huge Success

SWAN’s Young Women’s Leadership Training for 2016 has just come to a close. Thirteen youths took part in this 3month long training inside Shan State, Burma. This 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 skills 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.

Myanmar’s feminist bootcamp graduate elected to state parliament

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A women's exchange run by Shan Women's Action Network. Photo: Shan Women's Action Network

According to Myanmar’s constitution, many positions of power are described as “naturally suitable for men only”.

If you’re a woman living in Myanmar, you’re a second class citizen.

If you’re a woman living in one of Myanmar’s 135 ethnic communities, the situation is even worse. Horrifically, our partners report that ethnic women are frequently subjected to rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war.