Myanmar Profile

Education in Myanmar

The story of the education system in Myanmar is closely interweaved with the political situation. Historically, Myanmar had a high quality education system Traditionally, children were taught at monasteries, and later following British colonization, there was a shift towards a westernized public school system. After the independence, the public schools started reaching all parts of… Continue reading Education in Myanmar

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The Rohingyas

Who are the Rohingyas? Rohingyas are part of an ethnic Muslim minority who practice a variation of Sunni Islam, in the predominantly Buddhist country that is Myanmar. Before August 2017 and the mass exodus, Rohingya Muslims represented the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, with the majority living in Rakhine state, in the North West… Continue reading The Rohingyas

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Fighting, even for the smallest thing

Wai Phyo Myint Yangon, Myanmar   “There is still a long way for us” My name is Wai Phyo Myint, I am 33 years old and I am a manager at the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business. Right now, there are a lot of discussions, even with men, about what’s going on for women, regarding… Continue reading Fighting, even for the smallest thing

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Raising the dirt floor instead of breaking the glass ceiling

Evelyn Yangon, Myanmar “I came back here at the end of 2015, (…) Myanmar changed a lot. Women had more freedoms, but I think there was a pernicious sexism in society that I was not used to.” My name is Evelyn. I co-founded the Myanmar Women Self Defense Center. I’ve always had an interest in… Continue reading Raising the dirt floor instead of breaking the glass ceiling

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One little vibration can create a bigger movement

Rashida H. Yangon, Myanmar “I am Burmese, I am a woman and I am Muslim. I wear many marginalized identities” My name is Rashida, I am 30 years old.  I am a Ph.D. student at the Mahidol University in Thailand and I used to be a physical therapist in Myanmar. I was born and raised… Continue reading One little vibration can create a bigger movement

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Unveiling the hardships of ethnic women in Myanmar

Anonymous Yangon, Myanmar “I always have to investigate my stories in conflict zones” I am 32 years old. I live in Yangon but I am originally from Myitkyina, in Kachin state. I am a journalist. My mom still lives in Kachin state, she used to be a teacher but she is now retired, and my… Continue reading Unveiling the hardships of ethnic women in Myanmar

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The ethnic minorities of Myanmar

A very diverse country Myanmar is a very diverse country: the government officially recognizes 135 ethnic minorities.  Despite its small size, Myanmar is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in South-East Asia: 40% of the population belongs to an ethnic minority. The country’s ethnic majority is the Burmans, who are historically settled in Myanmar’s… Continue reading The ethnic minorities of Myanmar

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Burmese female tech pioneer reshapes the future of education and women

Hla Hla Win Yangon, Myanmar “I was an ordinary person with a strong will and desire to do something good for my country, I worked hard and I made it through all the hurdles to succeed in my project. Because of my roots and where I am coming from, many people can relate to my… Continue reading Burmese female tech pioneer reshapes the future of education and women

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Empowered women empower women

Thazyne Yangon, Myanmar “In Myanmar, many women don’t have jobs, however, they can weave and have beautiful fabric so I like to work with them and give them an opportunity to have a stable source of income” My name is Thazyne. I am 35 years old. I am not married. I have been working at… Continue reading Empowered women empower women

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Yearning for equality in a society that still holds women back

Cho Yangon, Myanmar   “I graduated in 2008, in September 2007 it was the Saffron revolution here, and it was a crazy time, so people got nervous, they thought, what if society is not stable? So they wanted to send their kids to study abroad” My name is Cho, I am 25 years old. I… Continue reading Yearning for equality in a society that still holds women back