To mark International Women’s Day 2017, MEDA hosted a poster competition between its international projects to highlight the gender equality and women's economic empowerment work MEDA does around the world. In total, there were 11 posters submitted from MEDA's various projects, and each one of them highlighted how the project is working towards gender equality by showcasing a partner, lead firm or woman who is being bold for change in their community.
Mo Bi is one of our female-lead farmers on MEDA’s Improving Market Opportunities for Women (IMOW) project in Myanmar. This means that Mobi is a model farmer who serves as a leader to a group of women farmers and demonstrates good agricultural and business practices to her community. Along with other lead farmers, Mo Bi receives technical training, leadership and mentorship training, and are linked to savings to improve their financial literacy. MEDA works with key facilitating partners, like METTA in Shan state of Myanmar, and provides technical support and gender sensitization trainings for staff and key market actors. These key market actors include: agricultural extension workers, input suppliers and commodity collectors, who are all members of the IMOW community, but may not have engaged with women before working with MEDA on IMOW.
Mo Bi is also the woman featured on MEDA’s winning International Women’s Day poster competition. Her poster, created by Hnin Kyawt Wai of IMOW, beautifully captures MEDA’s work with women lead farmers and Mobi’s story. Her success story was one of eleven stories shared during MEDA’s daylong celebration of women’s achievements on March 8, 2017.
To learn more about Mobi, take a look at the poster above and visit our website to learn more about MEDA’s IMOW project and how we are working in Myanmar to change unequal norms and behaviours, and empower women.