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Women Can Do It

We can do it!

There has been a pat expression among us, my two younger sisters and me, since we were at our young age. That is “there is only one in this world whom our mother is afraid of, that is dad” which is the most intolerable and inconsolable word for us. As the eldest daughter in the family, I have had a chance to record a large number of cases, challenges and successes which my mom has been able to tackle, overcome and achieve within the family and also in her social and professional life. We hugely admire our mom and at the same time, as young women and daughters, we really feel pain in our heart whenever we face our lady gives surrender to her husband. Actually, we know and understand everything especially in our family affairs. We know our mom is a remarkable woman. We see our society hold firmly the belief of “son is the master and husband is the god”. We understand our country is almost a patriarchy, man-dominated, society. That is why, we can feel that although she is a truly hero in the family, she is patient and experiences calmly all the difficulties and even accept failures courageously for, obviously, her family and her children. There is no doubt that my mom has been an influential figure in my life.

To be frank, as a young social and development worker, I tried myself to be outstanding woman devoting in education, youth movement, capacity building and psychosocial support programs but I had not participated directly in gender equality and women empowerment workforce. Last year October, I had an opportunity to attend a women leadership training named “Women Can Do It” in Thailand thanks to one of my teachers. That journey brought progresses in my life. I got better understanding of being a woman and the strengths and values of us for the society. I utterly believe that empowering women and girls is the fastest way to solve world problems. Not only having lots of memorable time with other fellows, acquiring knowledge and skills on women empowerment issue during the training days but also becoming promising young feminist activist is the benefits for both me and my community from the trip. After the trip, I met with some leading women who work for gender issues in my country and I tried to extend my new learning and I joined them in their attempts of women rights. Moreover, in my work, I approach considering for women and am always eager to do something for them. In summary, when I heard about the Voices of Our Future from a woman who I adore, it is difficult to capture with words the high level of regard and respect I have for the online community. Based on my life experience and my vision, I have no doubt your program will be a valued asset to me.



Song Of Joy's picture

Bless your heart..

Bless your heart dear!!
I can see that you are so brave and have a big heart to help others. Even if I am just a voice from across the ocean, I hope to be a support to what you are doing...

Blessing to you!
Song of Joy

May my voice be a Song of Joy....

Svetlana Dmitrieva's picture

Shwe Wutt Hmon , it is so

Shwe Wutt Hmon ,
it is so tauching. I know u r stronger!

Svetlana Zens

Insha Allah's picture


Dear all,

Of course! No matter we are far apart or near, all your wishes really support to what I am doing and me.

Best regards,
Shwe Wutt Hmon

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Mila's picture

Feedback on Assignment 2

Hi Shwe,

Thank you for sharing your personal story. It really made me sad to hear how your mother and your society feel about men and how men think about women. You had such a good explanation of your background that geared your towards your personal vision. With such strong personal vision you will go far and inspiring many. Keep up the great work! You and your work is much needed.


Insha Allah's picture

thanks for the feedbback

Dear Mila,

Women around me, starting from my mom to my boss and teachers have played an influential role in my life. I have learned a lot from them during my life of 23years period. Besides, obviously, women like Mother Tresa, Helen Killer, and Anne Sullivan really influenced me to become a women activist. I am very delighted to be a part of PulseWire and getting feedback from you all.

With Love,

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Frances Faulkner's picture

Seeing the Positive

You have a clear view of your situation, and you know to focus on how incredible your mother has been, and how she has handled a male dominated life so skillfully. If you focused on the men around you, through anger or fear or resentment, then that would only give them more power and drain your strength. I really love your optimism, your celebration of women, and your desire to learn and improve the world. Keep up your spirited, clear-eyed work!


Myrthe's picture

Shwe, thank you for telling

Shwe, thank you for telling your story here. You show so well how your personal background brought you where you are today. I hope your resilience and optimism will never leave you - they're an inspiration!

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