Nepal

Eradicating menstruation taboo one sanitary pad at at time

Saheen, Katmandu, Nepal “Where I’m from, when you’re a girl, you can’t do anything else apart from getting married, it’s the only thing we can have on our mind” My name is Saheen. I don’t know exactly when my birthday is, but by guessing I would say that I am 19 or 20 years old.… Continue reading Eradicating menstruation taboo one sanitary pad at at time

Myanmar

Telling our own story to make women’s issues visible

Htet Htet, Yangon, Myanmar “I believe that my work has an impact on my sources and their rights” At first, I was supposed to become an engineer, but my father wanted me to become a journalist, he pushed me towards that. He is very proud of me, when my news come in the paper, he… Continue reading Telling our own story to make women’s issues visible

Myanmar

Women from the whole world should come together

Thereza Yangon, Myanmar “I’ve lived on my own in Yangon since I was 16 so I’m very independent” My name is Thereza, I am 24 years old. My father was a simple farmer, he passed away when I was 11. My mom is a housewife and after my father died, she remarried. We also lived… Continue reading Women from the whole world should come together

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

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

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

Myanmar

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

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