We women foundation

We women is a foundation that strives to achieve equality for various groups of people in the world. The foundation assists women, refugees, ethnic minorities, and disadvantaged groups with their questions, struggles and needs, as they are formulated within their own terms. Academic research is the first step in this process because it helps to gain insight into local beliefs, practices and ambitions. The key areas of We women's engagement include personal growth, social inclusion, (mental) health, education, and the encouragement of creative initiatives, with the ultimate goal of achieving equality for all. The We women foundation has been based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, since 2010, where we...
Mar 1, 2014

Standing for Sex Workers: A Documentary Sneak Peek

Thanks to your generous support We women foundation is busy putting the finishing touches on our Emerging Women of Burma documentary! The documentary, to be released on March 14th, profiles seven women leaders of Burma. By sharing the difficulties these women face and how they overcome them, We women aims to inspire the new generation of female activists. As a sneak peak we want to share one inspiring story now.

Kaythi is the founder of AIDS Myanmar Association, an organization providing network and support for current and former sex workers. She describes the path that led to this mission saying:

“When I started thinking about working as a sex worker, I knew that people saw it as a bad job, but the difficulty and living expenses for my family were more important than what others said about that job. No one will come and look after us if we have no food to eat. Yes, I know that people see that job as bad but I chose to do it. After I chose to work as sex worker, the most I was afraid of was getting HIV. I was afraid of getting infected by HIV but I didn’t know much about the negative consequences of HIV infection. Then I met with an HIV educator, who is also my benefactor, and this meeting later led me to be involved and work in this field.”

With her work, Kaythi is creating a safer and more tolerant Myanmar.

“I wish people to support education and the effective protection of women in our country. I wish there to be legal protection for women. Recently, I read a journal about the Kayan women in which it said that if a Kayan woman is raped, she has no right to seek legal justice and she is  forced by the community not to make a legal complaint, as the community perceives it as bad  for the image of the community. This is aggrieving for women, being forced to close the complaint and having no right to seek justice.   To be satisfied with tradition is tradition and injustice is injustice. ”

To read more excerpts from the interviews of the women featured in our documentary, please visit our blog: http://wewomenfoundation.org/blog/

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Jan 30, 2014

Nang Mawk Reflects on her Final Semester

Nang Mawk* is completing her Master of Educational Administration at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok. At the end of her final semester she looked back on and her studies and reflected on where her learnings will lead in the future.

Which subjects did you study this semester?

This semester, I did a research with the title of “Need analysis studying on linking primary education between Thailand and Myanmar”. The purpose of my study is to find out how many percentage of migrant families plan to return to Myanmar in the next five to ten years. If they do plan to return to Myanmar then what barriers might migrant children in transition period and what educational preparations are needed for this group of children? I mainly use qualitative method but a bit mix with quantitative method for this study. I conducted 100 surveys with migrant parents in Bangkhunthain district, Bangkok to find out the percentage of migrant parents who plan to return. I did some interview with migrant parents, Thai and Myanmar government workers, NGOs and CBOs workers in Bangkok and around Thai-Myanmar border such as Maesot-help without frontier, Phangnga-Foundation for Education and Development, Ranong-World education and Bangkok-Foundation for Rural youth, some Myanmar education experts from Thailand and Myanmar. The result was 75 percentage of migrant families plan to return to Myanmar if Myanmar is really change and develop. The rest still do not know and plan to live in Thailand the rest of their life. From interviews, the big barriers children might face when they return to Myanmar are language and culture shock. So, language class within weekends and holidays are needed for students as preparation, parents speak Myanmar and practice Myanmar culture at home, both governments come up together working on educational standard and linking education. NGOs and CBOs provide information to governments and support to migrant families for language classes and raise awareness among migrant parents.

What did you most like about your study so far? Are there any success stories or achievements that you would like to share with us? What are your plans for next semester?

This semester is my last semester. I have finished all the course work and field work for pursuing my degree. I like all the subjects I have learned from my university. I will be able to adjust and use them in my future work and my current life. However, where I am going to use what is still difficult to say because I have not started working yet. What I use in my everyday life is the knowledge from leadership course. It’s all about to develop and care ourselves first then to our partners, families, community and the whole society. What we need to develop every day is our physical-try to do exercise every day, mental-try to forgive and being sufficient with what we have, cognitive- read book/books every day and think critically before make any single decision and spiritual- pray or mediation 15-30 minutes a day. One phrase I really love is “Try to understand then to be understood” means behave to people as we want them to behave to us.

My plan for the future is seeking a job that related to my field and being to make benefit to the community and my people.

Thank you for helping Nang Mawk gain the skills and confidence to pursue her dream!

*Name has been changed to preserve the anonymity of our students.

Oct 29, 2013

A Graduate, an Honors Student, and a Charity Walk!

YingLong Thanks Supporters!
YingLong Thanks Supporters!

A huge thank you to all our supporters, far and wide, around the world, standing closely beside our students and the cause.

Thank you supporters!

Also, congratulations! We’ve had a successful quarter and will continue to push for more, with your help.

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Mi Win Thida has GRADUATED from Chulalongkorn University (one of the top universities in Southeast Asia)! She is now a specialist on Health and Economics issues, and has already been recruited to work with the government in forming Health Policies.

Congratulations Mi Win Thida!
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Our student Ying Kawn Tai has achieved First Class Honors at Payap University in her first semester by achieving a 3.5+ GPA while volunteering teaching Shan construction workers. We can’t wait to update you with her continued progress.

“In university, I can decide who I should learn from and be exposed to different skills and ideas. This is very important for me and my community. Nowadays, I also use some of my new knowledge and skills when volunteering as a teacher at a construction site.”

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On October 12th, We women held a Charity Walk in the Netherlands and Chiang Mai in order to raise enough funds to continue to support YingLong in her second year Masters of Education Administration at Assumption University.

“Decision making skills and the importance of communication skills will help me to create a better education environment as well.  In addition, I have studied curriculum development and implementation.  This course helped me to understand about curriculum definition and approaches. I discovered new methods of teaching which I will be able to take to Myanmar and use to improve the management in schools. Moreover, I have learnt the importance of analyzing and improving teaching. This has given me a better understanding on what can be done by teachers and has made my motivation stronger to improve our school system.”- Ying Long talking about her learning at Assumption University

The Charity Walk fundraiser was able to raise 3000Euro and 14,000THB; just enough to continue to pay for her tuition and expenses. Over 45 people came together to walk along the Old City in Chiang Mai (2 hours)- this included staff, volunteers, tutors, students from BEAM our partner organization, and new supporters. The Charity Walk proved there is a community who can come together to support the movement for women leadership and women’s higher education in Burma.

“I loved the Charity Walk in Chiang Mai! I was able to meet so many people who are involved and who are benefitting from We women foundation’s programs. I was able to hold the We women banner proud and walk in front with a volunteer from the Netherlands. I felt like I belonged and had a support system.”- Min, our office assistant and Pre- Uni student from Bago Region

“At the end, after we had spent hours together walking side by side for Ying Long and We women foundation. Everyone came together as a community with a sense of belongingness. Through donations, many people were able to participate actively and connect directly with students. I think we should engage online donors in a more active way; for example, we can live stream events from now on and bring them closer to the students and foundation.”- San, our Program Coordinator from Bago Region

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For more student and program updates, visit our website at: www.wewomenfoundation.org or “like” our facebook page at www.facebook.com/wewomenfoundation. Also, follow us on Twitter at “Wewomenfound.”

CharityWalk ChiangMai
CharityWalk ChiangMai
CharityWalk ChiangMai2
CharityWalk ChiangMai2
Tai Holding Her FirstClassHonors Certificate
Tai Holding Her FirstClassHonors Certificate
Tai
Tai's FirstClassHonors Certificate PayapUni

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