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At this, the rapt audience of young women gathered at her workshop shrieks and bursts into chatter.
Talking about vaginas — not to mention sex education — is taboo in Myanmar. Su Htwe usually keeps a low profile, but for one weekend, as she was invited to speak at the performances, her sexuality and reproductive health classes came to the fore.
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She founded her organisation, Strong Flowers, which provides reproductive and sexual health education services and resources, in Su Htwe teaches in schools and community centres, and across religions. Despite five years of debate, a law that criminalises violence against women still has not been submitted to parliament.
But I learned so much about gender equality, human rights, emotional intelligence and sexuality. Su Htwe learned that it was different for girls at a young age. After puberty, her mother forbade her from running out in the streets with her friends.
Boys are told they have to get ready to lead the family and study hard, and for girls going outside is dangerous, we are told anything could happen to you at any time — violence, rape or sexual harassment on the streets. After finishing school she became a doctor and volunteered at the Muslim free hospital.
Again she realised the relationship between cultural gender expectations and treatment of women. When she was preparing to get married, another tipping point occurred. She was passionate about working as a medical doctor and did not want to give up her profession, despite the cultural expectation in Myanmar that a woman should give up her job and dedicate herself to family life.
After raising the topic with her husband, she was surprised to hear that he was supportive of her choice. She divided the group into two classes, one for women and one for men, for anyone aged 16 and upwards. Her first supporter was an older male farmer harvesting chillies at the time of the class. To illustrate how poor knowledge is, she reveals how many women have been using the emergency contraceptive pill for regular use.
And raise awareness, not only among women but nationwide, and among men. She hopes training for teachers in teaching life skills, sexual health and respectful relationships, will improve.
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