Professional Development for SWAN Teachers in May

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SWAN has just finished some important training for our teachers, 37 of them in fact. Held in May, in Northern Thailand, teachers from the network schools in Shan State, inside Burma, and from the SWAN supported schools along the Thai border spent a week learning from multiple facilitators and SWAN staff, and networking amongst themselves. The teachers learnt about different methods of teaching and teaching philosophies including the child-centred method, teacher-centred method, newer teaching methods as well as getting updated the official policies for teaching in Thailand’s Government schools. Teachers also learnt important methods of encouraging and supporting each other in their work, and they participated in team and trust building exercises to help build their team morale.

Myanmar’s feminist bootcamp graduate elected to state parliament

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A women's exchange run by Shan Women's Action Network. Photo: Shan Women's Action Network

According to Myanmar’s constitution, many positions of power are described as “naturally suitable for men only”.

If you’re a woman living in Myanmar, you’re a second class citizen.

If you’re a woman living in one of Myanmar’s 135 ethnic communities, the situation is even worse. Horrifically, our partners report that ethnic women are frequently subjected to rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war.


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March 8, 2016

110 high profile women, including Dame Judi Dench, Annie Lennox, Jo Brand, Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters and Zoë Wanamaker, are standing with the women of Burma to end rape and sexual violence. In the pledge the high profile women, who also include activists and politicians, have vowed to support:

  • An investigation into rape and sexual violence by the Burmese military against ethnic women and girls.
  • An end to impunity for rape and other forms of sexual violence in Burma.
  • Support for victims.
  • The inclusion of women at every political level in Burma including the peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the ethnic armed political groups.
  • Burma’s Rape Law to be in line with international human rights standards to outlaw rape in marriage

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