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...
Jul 29, 2013

Mi Aye shares her progress on her thesis project

Mi Aye is on her third semester completing her Masters in Health Economics and Health Care Management at Chulalongkorn University (2012 – 2014). At the end of this semester she shared her thoughts about her studies, the progress of her thesis and her experience of university life.

Please tell us about this past semester and update us on your studies? 

My program is a one year program at Chulalongkorn University; the third semester is for Thesis Writing. My Thesis topic is “Determinants of Health Care Utilization among Workers from Private Sector in Yangon, Myanmar”. In my study, I concentrate on one location, the Hlaing Tharyar Township which is one of the largest industrial zones in Myanmar.

In my thesis, I focus on the Social Health Insurance of Myanmar under the administration of Social Security Board, Ministry of Labor and Employment.

During the first two months of this semester, I have spent my time doing data collection in Myanmar. I came back to Thailand after finishing and now I am working on the data analysis part.

I’m continuing to collect more information in the field, so I am extending my studies one semester to finish my Thesis.

What new ideas, concepts and insights did you gain from working on your Thesis project? How will you apply this understanding in your future career or in your daily life?

The Thesis is a very important component in my study. It is a very good experience to learn all the necessary skills to conduct research. It also helped me gain a lot of knowledge as it required to me to read many works of previous studies and imperial studies from around the world which are related with my topic.

My Thesis also gave me practical work experience on conducting research. It is an invaluable experience for my career as I am interested in research and planning to work in my future career. I have gained experience on how to write a research proposal, develop a questionnaire, and collect data as well as how to analyze and discuss data results.

 How is your university life apart from study? Please also mention any challenges you face in different social settings and with university culture. 

University life is a mixture of stress and enjoyment at the same time. As my program is one year and a bit intensive, I have spent most of my time in the lecture room and also commuting from my apartment to the university. Even though, it is stressful because of heavy assignments and tasks, it is a very good opportunity to meet people from different regions and from different cultures.

It is a great experience that I not only have a chance to study but also have the chance to attend the academic seminars and conferences which are organized by Chulalongkorn University. Apart from academic activities, the faculty also arranges some extracurricular workshops for the students to explore Thai culture and traditions.

Personally, I feel lucky as a Myanmar citizen to have the opportunity to study at the very best university in Thailand where most of the culture is similar to our country. So I didn’t have challenges for different social setting except a little challenge on language.

May 6, 2013

Bawk Nu's Plan

BAWK NU

Bawk Nu is studying a Master of Management and Organisational Development Program at Assumption University in Bangkok.

She plans to complete her studies by the end of 2013. She hopes to submit her research proposal in June, and defend her thesis in early November. Students are required to implement a real Organisational Development intervention as part of the research thesis. Bawk Nu will do her research project with KWAT (Kachin Women Association Thailand).

After she completes her Masters, Bawk Nu intends to continue in the management profession as her career, either with profit or non-profit organizations. She would like to become a professional OD consultant in the future and work with many organizations, to share her knowledge and skills with leaders and managers. She has not decided yet whether she will be based inside or outside of Burma (e.g Thailand). This will depend on the local situation after her studies. However, Bawk Nu wants to help organizations and communities of Burma.

Finally, Bawk Nu thanks her scholarship sponsor, and the We women foundation for granting her with a scholarship, and providing other non-financial support throughout 2012 academic year: “Without your [We women] support I would not be able to pay for my study because my jobs in the past were mostly volunteer-basis and community service, and I did not earn a big salary. I value your support which has made my dream come true. I look forward to your continuing support which will enable me to complete my Masters degree.”

May 2, 2013

Well done, Min We!

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MIN WE is is enrolled  at Rangsit University north of Bangkok studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, ( 2012 – 2015). Here’s her account of the last semester:

“This semester, my first class was Man and Environment subject. In this class, I learnt about the interaction of human beings and the environment in daily life. The class provided us with a theoretical and practical approach. We went on a field trip to visit a Buffalo village. At the village, I learnt about traditional farming and the role of buffaloes on a farm. I also was assigned to do a research paper (by team work) which focused on farming and harvesting.

As a PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) student, Introduction to Statistic is a compulsory subject and of course it’s one of my favourite subjects. I like mathematics. I like calculating. Therefore, I found this subject very interesting and the lectures were also clear and easy to understand. Another subject I took in my first semester was Information Technology and its Application. This subject was one of the best subjects this semester. This subject was an introduction to information technology and it was very useful and interesting because everything that was taught in this class was new to me. I got to know about the components of computer system and software. I learnt about Internet and World Wide Web, and the basic of web design. As I’m using computer and internet everyday, this class is very important because I can now deal with my computer when something goes wrong and I also know more how to search for reliable sources on internet.

Beside my study, I joined the activities provided by Rangsit University. I participated in almost every activity; in the sport competitions I was one of badminton players but unfortunately we lost our energy so that we lost the competition. I enjoyed especially ASEAN Youth Camp. This camp was aimed to build relationship between ASEAN nationalities in order to build peace and raise awareness about environmental conservation. This activity was organized by Thammasat University and the participants were selected from the universities in Bangkok. I was one of the representatives from Rangsit International College.

To conclude, I enjoyed every class I took and every activity I participated. Moreover, for my grades I got 3 As, 1 B+ and 1 B. During my free time, I visited friends who study in different universities in Bangkok in order to keep in touch. I also do some exercises. I go jogging and play badminton and table tennis.”

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