Leadership and Empowerment - Burma
Our network supports leadership development and empowerment in grassroots communities, led directly by and for youth and young women from marginalized groups.
In Myanmar/Burma, we work in the remote grassroots area of Mong Pan, Shan State which is located in one of the world’s longest running conflict zones. We started the first community center to support youth leaders working for peace and campaigning for environmental justice in Mong Pan.
Ethnic minority youth from Mong Pan have been affected not only by the 50 year long civil war, but political conflict, lack of political and cultural representation, and environmental destruction including widespread logging.
In order to counteract this, our program supports young leaders to be empowered, knowledgable and confident to lead campaigns on the issues affecting their community.
We are doing this through;
leadership development and peacebuilding through our trainings and internship program that help unite and empower the community
knowledge and skills based workshops on topics including video advocacy, Environmental Impact/Social Impact Assessment, and environmental protection, in order to build the knowledge, skills and confidence of local youth advocates
networking through our community center and activities that bring together environmental and peace advocates from across Shan State, Burma and the Mekong region and
action support for youth-led activities through small grants and technical training.