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The We women foundation is dedicated to empowering women from marginalized ethnic areas in Myanmar (formerly Burma). By providing professional and educational opportunities to the strong women of Myanmar, the We women foundation strives to build capacity within the marginalized communities in Myanmar so that women can make and influence policy decisions which are too often made by outsiders.
The We women foundation was founded in the service of assisting unrecognized refugee women from Myanmar. For the past forty-eight years, forced labor, forced relocation and armed insurgency fuelled by ethnic and political tensions is daily life reality for people throughout the country.
In late 2014 the We women foundation shifted their focus from assisting unrecognised female refugees from Myanmar in Thai-Burma border to developing projects inside Myanmar, aimed at women from - and who work in - marginalised ethnic communities. This decision to adjust our focus stems from a thorough and well-informed analysis of what is happening in and around Myanmar, and for that reason we are confident that our focus can have a greater impact on what we hope to achieve.
The main aim of the foundation is to assist women into leadership positions within policy-making or influential organisations, so that they can empower other women and their communities and promote positive social change in their own terms.