In Kachin State, in northern Myanmar, women are creating a more peaceful and gender equitable community with thanks to funding from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
In 2022, Trócaire partner KWAT conducted and delivered 24 trainings on Gender Awareness Training to 136 participants (104 female and 32 male) in the Momauk and Mansi areas.
Hpaujung Yung Htang from Je Leng Yang, works as a community facilitator and attended the training. She said the training has led to more awareness in her community about gender-based violence.
“After the training, I became more aware of gender equality. I implemented what I learned with my own husband and children and it has helped to build a good relationship with my partner and has reduced our family problems,” Hpaujung said.
“As a result of the training in our village, participants are now valuing themselves and their thinking has changed, especially around gender-based violence.”
Hpaujung added that she and other participants now want to share their knowledge with other communities.
“Participants have more confidence to share knowledge as they have gained trust from the community regarding women’s activity. Women can now give advice if a community discloses a case of gender-based violence or any related issues.”
Mother-of-five, Dinging Htu Seng (38), from Seng Mai Pa village also participated in the gender awareness training.