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While the revolution appears to have had immediate effect in generating enthusiasm for democracy, it does not seem to have triggered the same kind of immediate broader change in rural areas. However, equality and freedom for rural women is being negotiated through careful development strategies in the long-term. According to Lindsey Jones of ACDI-VOCA, โ€œthe two key factors that Iโ€™ve seen contribute to creating change in the rural areas are education and income-generating opportunities for women.โ€

Indeed, revolution is not the only way to create change. Improved education, training programmes and initiatives to encourage participation may not be dramatic, but they are proof that whatever the political attempts to exclude women, rural women are gaining more opportunities slowly and surely.”

Read the full article at: Think Africa Press.

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Heading back to Myanmar soon and thought I would share this picture taken a while ago of a woman cooking over an open fire Shan State in Burma. #burmamyanmar #shanstate #kalawinle #trekkingmyanmar #womenatwork #femalepreneur #eattheworld #traveldeeper #instatravel #tasteintravel #bcctravel #guardiantravelsnaps #forbestravelguide #jetjournal #girlswhoexplore #tourtheplanet #galloptravel #traditionalcooking #openfirecooking #shanstatemyanmar #blackandwhitephotography #instamyanmar #myanmartrip #visitburma #visitmyanmar #smoke #nikon5000 #lightandshadow #ipreview #throwbackthursday @preview.app
Out On The World my spoken word show is back for one night only. Join me for a journey to Nicaragua, Egypt and Burma. I have been rehearsing today and am excited to perform @lighthousebooks. If you are at the Edinburgh fringe come travel with me tomorrow at 8pm.
Been playing around with photo and video edits for a new video poem. This is my watermelon montage ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ™„ Music is Gaze by Yung Kartz. Available on Creative Commons. #lifeofanartist #calledtobecreative #artinprogress #creativelifehappylife #creativelife #livecreatively #doitfortheprocess #creativityfound #colorfullife #colorcrush #ihavethisthingwithcolor #crafttherainbow #dailydoseofcolor #creativestudio #creativityeveryday #creativecommunity #seekinspirecreate #designisinthedetails #delicious #ourfoodstories #foodoftheday #healthyeating #veganfoodlovers #inspiremyinstagram #nothingisordinary #videopoem #writersofinstagram #watermelon #videoediting #pink @preview.app
A photo of a lettuce on a rooftop in Egypt โ˜บ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒ. Taken for an article I wrote in 2012 about community garden projects in Cairo after the revolution. It was one of my favourite pieces to write as the projects were so inspiring - people finding innovative ways to grow flowers and greens in the middle of the desert. ๐Ÿ’š
A shot from a while ago. Flower festival in Spello Italy. Walking on a carpet of petals ๐Ÿต๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบโš˜๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’ฎ
Excerpt from my first video poem. Full poem is in my IGTV above. Writing about Burma filmed in autumnal Switzerland. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ๐ŸŒโค

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