In May, MAP’s Women’s Exchange Program and the Foundation for Education and Development organized exchanges in Suratthani, Ranong and Phang-nga Provinces, with support from a grant by FJS.
Women’s Exchange in Ranong
Each of the three exchange activities provided a safe space for women to discuss gender, sexuality, reproductive health, family planning, and more.
Women’s Exchange in Surratthani
In total, 80 women participated in the exchanges: 26 from Suratthani, 29 from Phang-nga and 25 from Ranong. Many represented Burma’s major ethnic groups, such as Mon, Dawei, and Burman, and most had just finished their work in southern Thailand’s seafood industry or rubber plantations. Refreshments were provided.
Women Exchange Activity in Romonee, Phang-nga
FED’s Wai Phyo and MAP’s Mabel led discussions respectively entitled “Gender and Sexuality” and “Reproductive Health and Family Planning.” Attendees discussed the exchange topics alongside their own experiences, both individually and in panels.