Women living in rural villages across Myanmar are benefiting from the launch of a free mobile app which performs as a platform from where they can share their personal stories. A joint initiative of UNDP Myanmar and May Doe Kabar National Network of Rural Women, the iWomen – Inspiring Women app´s driving aim is to provide a space where they can find inspiration, promotion of self-belief and channelled mentorship from women of Myanmar and beyond. In turn, it’s hoped that it will encourage women to extend their roles in public and private spheres to become respected leaders in their communities during a period when the country is experiencing accelerated economic growth.
Initially, the idea was to create a news application, however, as the Southeast Asian country already has current affair apps, the women decided to make iWomen a place for stories of a different kind. What they can tap into is a source of people’s true life stories and of their difficulties and victories in written, audio and video formats. Women across the country´s townships can find motivation self-development in various fields, such as finance, entrepreneurship, village leadership, among more. Some of the stories already collected for the iWomen app are exactly that; women who started in very difficult circumstances and went on to achieve absolutely incredible things with their lives.
Launched in June 2015, the network currently connects over 2000 self-reliant groups – formed under the Human Development Initiative Programme – and their township federations in Myanmar´s 31 townships, with a membership of 22,000 women.
Features on the app include information on leadership, training and funding opportunities, key laws and legislation on gender equality; a GIS map displaying and linking to the Network´s women groups at township level across the country; an interactive discussion board for members of the May Doe Kabar National Network to post written and audio content; interactive games to strengthen self-belief and self-confidence.
For more information and to download iWomen -Inspiring Women, click here.