Category Archives: Women’s Initiatives

Off the Beaten Path


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First-hand report from Amanda Mowry, Program Manager (Thailand) It’s been more than an hour on the back of a motorcycle in rural Myanmar. The greater the distance between us and Kyaing Tong, one of Shan State’s principal cities, the more the landscape changes. Buildings are replaced by rice fields, and the cement road turns to dirt. Soon, we reach the foot of a mountain and begin our journey up, twisting around gaping fissures made by monsoon storms. Young girls with […]

Partners Asia -Myanmar: An Unequal Transition- symposiums


Speaker Profile Zin Mar

November 15, 2014 – Menlo Park, California November 20, 2014 – Foundation for a Just Society Special Reception, New York There’s nothing like hearing directly from those most affected by the changes taking place to shed light on what an extraordinary time this is for the people of Myanmar — and therefore what a unique opportunity we have to empower their efforts toward peace, voice, and shared development. Part of the specialness of these occasions was their sheer existence. Such […]

Interview with Pwint Htun – telecommunications expert


2016 Update: Pwint, now a Board Member for Partners Asia, was also featured in Mary Kay Magistad’s excellent article at PRI.org. Pwint Htun is an early recipient of a Partners Asia Emerging Leaders grant. She is a telecommunication expert and a passionate advocate for the rural poor in Burma. She has been influential in establishing policy and envisions technology and access to information as a leveling tool. This interview highlights the importance of identifying and supporting emerging leaders and the […]

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Women For the World


Written by Partners Asia Team Learning the Power of Saving The cycle of debt for extremely poor families in Myanmar can be crushing. All too often, desperate women secure private loans with very high interest rates to meet the gap between income and daily living expenses. Very quickly they become trapped, working to simply pay daily interest while their debt increases. Women for the World (WFW) was founded in 2004 by a handful of young women determined to break this […]

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Women of Myanmar


Written by Mary and Heather Partners Asia contributing writers In The Face of Change Through our work with Partners Asia, we met many women in Myanmar and in the Myanmar migrant communities in Thailand.  Their presence, inner strength and resilience conveyed a powerful message about their importance in the development of what will hopefully be a new Myanmar society.  Mothers, teachers, community organizers, nuns, midwives, entrepreneurs, translators – we were profoundly moved by each of them.  Here is a collage […]

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Myanmar Women Leaders: Susanna Soe


One of our colleagues in Myanmar was recently interviewed and we’d like to share the article with you. Susanna is one of the amazing Myanmar women leaders with whom Partners Asia works. KWAG, the local group that Susanna leads, is one of Partners Asia’s grantees doing good community work in a number of areas in Myanmar. Take a look at her interesting personal story. – – – – – To Help Burma Rise, Karen Woman Takes a Stand By ZARNI […]

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