Women’s Exchanges are at the Heart of Women’s Empowerment

Womens Exchange Nar Kheng V 2016

SWAN’s mission is gender equality so we work at all levels to affect this. One of our major grass-roots approaches is hosting Women’s Exchanges where we invite any woman to attend: old or young; academic or illiterate; student, worker or house manager and mother. In mid-July 2016, SWAN’s local Focal Points *, community health workers and some of our staff from Taunggyi organised a series Women’s Exchanges over 3 days in 3 villages around Kunhing in Central Shan State, Burma. These successful community forums for women’s issues attracted in total 147 women from the areas around these 3 villages.

SWAN participates in Women’s Exchange, Nepal (20-25th June 2016)


Two SWAN staff members had the chance to attended the CREA Women’s Exchange (20-25th June 2016) in Nepal in June, 2016. Organized by CREA, a feminist organization working for women’s rights based in India, this Women’s Exchange was held in Kathmandu. Women of Burma’s various ethnic groups were represented with 7 women’s organisations from Burma participating, including SWAN.

SWAN’s 2016 Young Women’s Leadership Training a Huge Success

SWANs 2016 Young Womens Leadership Training a Huge Success

SWAN’s Young Women’s Leadership Training for 2016 is coming to a close. Thirteen youths took part in this 3 month long training inside Shan State, Burma. This time around the training combined experts, mentors and experienced facilitators to provide a holistic leadership learning experience for these young women. Human Rights, community development, ABCD (assets based community development), democracy, Burma’s Constitution, law, women’s rights, ASEAN, research and report writing, networking and advocacy are just some of the important topics explored and practiced by the trainees.