Before setting foot in Myanmar, we didn’t know much about the country or about women’s conditions there. One thing that we knew was that the country was being led by a feminine icon, Aung San Suu Kyi. This was just before the world was made aware of the extent of the Rohingya’s crisis, right before… Continue reading Has the election of Aung San Suu Kyi changed the situation of women in Myanmar?
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
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
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
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.
A rapid descent into dictatorship Since the 2014 military coup, Thailand has not ceased to carry on an oppressive and repressive regime and has quickly descended into a dictatorship. Three years after the coup, the all-men junta still arrests and prosecutes critics of the government, bans political activity, censors the media, stifles freedom of speech,… Continue reading The ripples of the military coup on women in Thailand
The power of sport in promoting peace and reaching development objectives has often been ignored and disrespected through history. Yet, it has been recognized by the United Nations as a fundamental right and as a critical tool to achieve the Global Goals. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for… Continue reading Sport for gender equality