Claiming Back Our Space

29 / 01 / 20

This is a story of more than 2000 women making a change in their communities through the art of handicraft making.

In the rural areas of Myanmar, deep rooted customs and patriarchy have pushed women in a disadvantaged, vulnerable position, both mentally and physically. On top of that climate change is hitting the dry-zone and its agriculture based communities hard.

Seven years ago, the Social Economic Development Network (SEDN) project started a training programme, focused on economic development and social protection of women and their families living in the dry-zone, which resulted in over 2000 women from 150 villages being trained in handicraft making and becoming educated on their rights to access healthcare and social services.

SEDN is a project funded by the European Union through the multi-donor Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT).

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Monica and Sil are traveling to Myanmar in January. Monica is a Peruvian photographer with a passion for social and underwater photography, and Sil is a Belgian PhD researcher with a passion for diverse connections between humans and nature. Together they will take you on an unforgettable adventure, an emotional journey to unexpected places where they will meet inspiring people who are at the hearts of communities working to create positive change. Follow Monica and Sil while they discover projects, funded by the EU, and experience stories of beauty and resilience behind the faces of Myanmar!”
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