It is undeniable that my country, Myanmar is very well-know for its lack of freedom of media. Absolutely, although we are the part of our mother land, anyone of us cannot have any opportunity of accessing what is happening across the country and speaking our voices. The present military regime might say they do not control news and press and they have accountability and transparency to the country. Obviously, however, media industry is monopolized as state-owned and they publicize is all propaganda. How can our people find solutions to reach a positively changed situation? Fortunately, international community has a strong interest on Myanmar which is under military dictatorship over twenty years. When I knew about Web 2.0, as a citizen from such a country and as a youth social and development worker, I cannot find a word to express my excitement. I can not wait to shout on behalf of our people, our women and our children. Web 2.0 creates a space for me to express to the world what we are suffering and what we would like to have such as democratization and fundamental human rights. Because of those, I am very much excited by web 2.0 and very proud of being a part of promising grassroots woman leaders around the globe.

In our tradition, we have a saying that “Not knowing is more dangerous than not having”. Hence, it is very important to make people know, be informed, to educate and to have awareness what is occurring in our society and what information is true. Personally, as I strongly believe that sharing makes difference, I would be utterly convinced that web 2.0 brings to the global woman's empowerment movement listening and talking each other in such a wonderful network. Unity as well as diversity is strength. Here, in the network, we have a common vision, missions, dreams, hopes and goals as well as we have a variety of both same and different challenges, burdens and problems in different local context. Hence, why can we not do the betterment of our future together sharing and learning each other?

When I was studying my Citizenship Education Course which was provided by British Council here, in Myanmar, last year, I started to know the word “citizen journalism”. Before that time, I had never imagined that I can become an active media worker who can serve his or her country to be informed citizens. After I have achieved the fully understanding of citizen journalism, I initiated my very first attempts writing what my organization and I am contributing in the community, what Myanmar youths are doing in their society, some current and crucial national and international issues and my perspective in Oxfam International Youth Partnerships network, in my own blog, in Facebook and in some other national and international blog spots. I received lots of comments and suggestions and we could tend to have a fruitful discussion later on. That really encourages me not to stop fighting against inequality and discrimination.

Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.

Comment on this Post


Dear Shwe

This is such an interesting post. You are a brave person and it comes through your post. Continue with this spirit and you can make your voice heard to the world.

Wishing you luck

Best Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

Dear Khushbu,

Thank you so much for your support. Here, in Myanmar, the government always attempts to restrict and block the online media whereas lots of active blogger try to let both the citizens and the international community about the true situation. I am just trying to be a promising one.

Best regards, Shwe @ Pollen

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Dear Shwe,

well done for all your amazing work and enthusiasm. I was asked to present a community film screening of Burma VJ in Bristol. It was such an amazing, moving and also sad film about the monks protests in your country. It showed first hand the power and dangers of citizen journalism in your country.

I ws born across the border from you in Rangamati in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh- so we would be neighbours now in some ways.

Best wishes,


Dear Ina, my neighboring friend,

Yes! As you know, here, the fundamental human rights is totally restricted. As an example, although people around the world can watch the Burma VJ film easily, in Burma, I tried a lot to watch it using proxy. Here, some website such as You Tube, VOA are almost aways very difficult to access.

So sad and disappointing.

Anyway, we won't never give up for freedom and democracy.

Best regards, Shwe

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Dear Shwe,

I am in awe of your strength and determination to bring freedom of information to the people of Burma and to raise global awareness to the issues in your country. You are a true leader and I feel so fortunate to learn from you here on PulseWire. Keep raising your voice - we are listening!

In friendship and solidarity, Jade

Dear Shwe

This is a powerful and interesting post with full of spirit and inspiration to do something for a country. Keep writing, one day the world will hear your voice. All the best with you VOF 2010 application.

Best Wishes Sunita VOF Correspondent 2009

With Love and RegardsSunita Basnet

Dear Shwe, I love your post! Your voice, your strength and your vision is CHANGE in itself. I love the saying in your tradition- “Not knowing is more dangerous than not having”. The world hears your voice through blogging! I cannot wait to read your next post.


Gifty Pearl Abenaab Founder Greight Foundation

Dear Shwe your post is very powerful. I love how through the internet your voice can be heard. In spite of those who want to keep things within some kind of borders, and some kind of control, its no longer possible with this tool and your determination to speak out and speak the truth.

What a determination! What a strenght you have. keep writing your voice is the voice of all the women from your country! You are an inspiration and your younger sisters will follow your steps toward freedom. All the best!

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony