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September 20, 2018

Women’s Center: Two years and going strong

The entire women-led team of MWSDC at their center’s 2nd anniversary in Junction Mawtin.  Photo: Zaw Htet Oo
The entire women-led team of MWSDC at their center’s 2nd anniversary in Junction Mawtin.  Photo: Zaw Htet Oo

Safe, strong, and self-confident’, that is the motto of Myanmar Women’s Self-Defense Center (MWSDC), a group by women for women empowerment.
MWSDC commemorated their 2nd Anniversary yesterday on the fifth floor of Junction Mawtin, where their self-defense classes are primarily held. The event started with opening remarks from two of their trainers, Ma Suu May and Ma Ei Nge.
MWSDC started back in February 2016 as a group of three women holding classes in the meeting hall of Triangle Women’s Support Group on 50th street. The center has since grown to include nine trainers giving self-defense courses. They also distribute defensive products such as pepper spray key chains for Ks 6,000 apiece, and recently advertised a reusable sanitary napkin by Triple C women’s collective.
Ma Michelle aka May Shell, one of the co-founders, said that the center has plans to open an additional center in Mandalay and then later to expand into other regions. She also launched a channel called Yangon Thu Michelle, an entertainment and knowledge sharing platform on Facebook, for women empowerment.
The event ended with Ma Yu Yu Swe aka Evelyn, also a co-founder, expressing gratitude for all the people and organizations that supported them throughout their two year journey, after which they sliced the celebratory cake.
For further inquiry you can contact MWSDC via their email selfdefensemw@gmail.com or call +95 979 559 6885, +95 951 69968. You can also head to their Facebook page at Myanmar’s Women’s Self Defense Center for updates on classes and future plans. —Zaw Htet Oo

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