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
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
Pyep Pyep Yangon, Myanmar “I am not going to school. I started to work here when I was 5 or 7 years old I think”. My name is Pyep pyep. I am going to be 12 years old in a week. I work at Bogyoke Aung San market in Yangon. I am selling fans here… Continue reading The little boss
Our own experience of online abuse on the course of the project The Univers’ELLES project tends to speak to all women no matter their nationality, social status, sexual orientation or their religion. But to speak to all women, this project needed to collect stories of women from all walks of life. This necessity has put… Continue reading Is internet silencing and censoring women ?
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
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
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