A little bit about our partners: Strong Flowers Sexuality Education & Myanmar Women's Self Defense Center
The two ladies running the Reproductive Health section of the Little Dragons’ life skills program are Dr. Thet Su Htwe and Miss Evelyn Yu Yu Swe.
The Doctor is the founder and lead trainer for Strong Flowers Sexuality Education, an organization that offers sexuality and reproductive health education services. She is a family physician who also works as a freelance sexuality consultant and is currently the lead sexuality trainer at Myanmar Women's Self Defense Center. She formerly conducted sexuality training for the Women's Voices Project at Metta Development Foundation. She was also a sexuality teacher for teenaged girls at two religious girls' school in Yangon, where she approached the topic of sexuality from a religious context.
Evelyn is a Philosophy and Political Science graduate from The College of Wooster and a founder and managing partner at the Myanmar Women's Self Defense Center. She acquired a teaching certification and taught English, History, and Social Science before she began working on social enterprises. Now she runs communications, research, and curriculum building at MWSDC and works closely with The Doctor on Strong Flowers projects.
Both Strong Flowers Sexuality Education and Myanmar Women's Self Defense Center started from the same belief that people should have access to knowledge about their bodies and physicality. Both programs operate under the belief that better understanding about our bodies and our embodied experience in the world will lead to greater equality and justice.
The organizations are concerned with reducing gender-based violence and exploitation. Strong Flowers is focused on doing this through a comprehensive sexuality education, which promotes respect for our gendered bodies and minds. Meanwhile, Myanmar Women's Self Defense Center recognizes the violence inherent in women's day to day experiences and empowers women to defend themselves against the immediate threat of sexual violence, allowing them to move freely and without fear in the world.
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