SWAN’s 4th Emerging Women’s Leadership Training (EWLT) was held in Chiang Mai over three weeks, from the 19th of September to the 7th of October 2016. The 16 emerging leaders travelled from their homes from different part of Shan State, Kachin State, Sagaing Division and Mandalay Division. Mostly they are from Kachin State – Bamaw, Sagaing Division - Homaline, Mandalay Division – Mandalay, Northern Shan State - Hsenwi, Hsipaw, Kyaukme, Nam Lan, Southern Shan State - Pang Loung, Mong Hsu, Kesi, Kho Lam, Taunggyi. Three of SWAN’s current interns also had the opportunity to attend the training as well as four of SWAN’s current staff members.
The topics that were covered during the training were:
-Team building and Trust building
-Feminism and Gender
-Constitution & Federalism
-Women participation in politics
-Feminist data collation
In their last week the participants visited the SWAN office where they learn more about SWAN’s activities and history; they also visited other organisations in Chiang Mai including PI, MAP, SHAN and WLB to learn about their contribution to the women’s rights movement in Burma and their specific community programs.
The training participants gained new skills in advocacy, how to effectively work in groups, campaigning, communication, decision making, public speaking, and communicating with confidence. They also improved their knowledge about the political system in Burma. Importantly, they expressed their desire to implement their new skills and knowledge into their lives and workplaces and to share their new knowledge with other women by running their own community workshops.