The Myanmar National Women Leadership capacity-building training programme concluded successfully on 4-8 July 2005 in Yangon. 29 participants participated in this leadership workshop with the theme “Confidence”.
The first input was on the Mission and Vision of SCM facilitated by Marlar, Myanmar SCM Women’s Coordinator. The participants were divided into small groups to discuss their perceptions on attitudes of “confidence” and “leadership”. The next inputs on Gender Analysis in the Myanmar context and Capacity-Building on Using Feminist Concepts in Leadership Styles were facilitated by Hkaung Lun, the former Women’s Coordinator of Myanmar SCM and currently working at the Spirit in Education Movement (SEM) as a Trainer of Participatory Leaning (TOT), Women’s awareness and leadership training workshops. The training module on the Capacity-Building session was provided by the Regional Women’s Programme of WSCF AP to serve as a guide and aid to Hkaung Lun’s facilitation. Women’s and men’s caucuses were also developed for discussions on topics of Gender Discrimination and the Role of Women and Men in Myanmar.
The exposure trip was a visit first to the Myanmar Council of Churches to understand the work done by the women’s department where concerns were focused on Violence Against Women, Legal and Micro-Finance for women living in poverty. Then the participants were off to the industrial zone in Yangon where they understand the issues of the migrant women.
In the theological reflection, Aye New from Myanmar Institute of Theology, led the input on Reading the Bible through Women’s Perspective, and the participants discussed on the similarities of the women in the biblical texts and the women in current situations.
The programme ended with a pledge from the participants to continue the efforts of women’s concerns in the local units of the Myanmar SCM, and to use a feminist perspective in the overall movement building process.