Myanmar

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

Myanmar

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

Myanmar Profile

Myanmar – Overview

Myanmar is a South-East Asian country bordered by India, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand and China. The largest city is Yangon, which used to be the country’s capital, but was later moved to the newly built city of Naypyidaw. Until 1989, Myanmar was called Burma, this changed because of the name’s colonial origins and because it favored… Continue reading Myanmar – Overview

Thailand Profile

Thailand’s sex industry: an open secret

It is estimated that the sex industry in Thailand is worth 6.4 billion US$ a year. According to the government, 200,000 people work as prostitutes, but numbers on prostitution are controversial as it is an underground industry. NGOs are talking about much higher figures: around 2.8 million people are thought to be involved in this… Continue reading Thailand’s sex industry: an open secret

Thailand Profile

Thailand’s ethnic minorities: The Lahu tribe, a lesson of gender equal society

Thailand: Land of numerous ethnic groups Thailand is an ethnically mixed country: while 75% of the population is of Thai ethnicity, the rest is divided between ethnic Chinese, Malay speaking Muslims, Khmers, Soal or Kui, Karen, Indians and Pakistanis. There are also around 1 million people belonging to hill tribes and living mostly in the… Continue reading Thailand’s ethnic minorities: The Lahu tribe, a lesson of gender equal society

Thailand

Women don’t have to be strong. They are strong.

Kate T. Mae Sot, Thailand   “I am kind of a free spirited person” My name is Kate, I am 43 years old. I am from Bangkok and I came to Mae Sot, at the Thai-Burmese border for work. I work for Handicap International as Child Development Advisor. I have been working for this organization… Continue reading Women don’t have to be strong. They are strong.

Thailand

When raising your voice can cost you your freedom

Anonymous Mae Sot, Thailand “I think I can inspire other women to become independent” I am originally from Northern Thailand, I have lived in Bangkok, in Chiang Mai, later I moved to work in the deep south of Thailand and then I moved to Mae Sot for work 7 months ago. I don’t have children and… Continue reading When raising your voice can cost you your freedom

Thailand

Advocating for gender recognition for the Trans community

Prem Bangkok, Thailand “I always smile, but when it comes to work, when it comes to social issues, I know how to fight. I have to fight because I want to see changes happening in my society” My name is Prem, I am 38. I was born in Bangkok and I still live here, my… Continue reading Advocating for gender recognition for the Trans community

Thailand

An unusual path to empowerment

Tar Chiang Mai, Thailand “Now in my life it’s the women who have the power” My name is Tar, I am 27 and I was born outside of Chiang Mai city. I’ve been working in the Women's massage center in Chiang Mai massage for one year now (For more information, click here). Before, when I… Continue reading An unusual path to empowerment