One year ago, three young Myanmar women were running around Wisconsin learning about grassroots political campaigns. Now they are blazing their own paths in a changing political scene in their own country. On November 8, Myanmar went to the polls for the first nationwide election since their historic change to a more democratic system. The three women who came to the United States used the grassroots techniques they learned last year to reach people in their communities.
The Richardson Center for Global Engagement brought the three women to Wisconsin for three weeks as part of their efforts to strengthen political capacity for women and youth. The group consisted of Ma Aye Nyein Moe, a campaign trainer; Ma Zarchyi Linn, a member of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party; and Ma Ni Ni May Myint, a member of the opposition National League for Democracy.
This small group witnessed door-to-door campaigning in Madison with volunteers and got to tag along with a state assembly candidate in Green Bay. They went to rallies, watched a debate at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, checked out many campaign offices and met with election officials.
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