I get a strange guilt when I look back at the month and realize I’ve only done a certain amount of work. March was one of those months where I spent a lot of time meeting with people, listening to their stories, and planning for bigger projects in the months to come — but I still managed to get some things done, including starting a weekly news round-up newsletter. Feel free to sign up here.
I kicked off the month with a story in New Naratif about how press freedom has experienced a massive decay under Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. This topic is something that's been written about fairly extensively the past few months — but let's not forget that there are still journalists sitting in prison for simply doing their jobs. #FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo
International Women’s Day was at the start of March, so what better time than to visit a rural women’s collective that is making reusable menstrual pads. I did a little video on the group, which is the first of its kind in Myanmar.
A photoshoot I did for SEA Globe also came out this week, featuring the talented and whip-smart Sandi Sein Thein.
ArtsEquator published a story I wrote about gallery director Nathalie Johnston. Getting to write about art and change-makers in the art world was a nice change from the regular news pace.
I did a video for Frontier Myanmar about Myanmar's first LGBT choir. Established in 2017 the group expresses itself through music and performance, while building a safe and supportive community.
The morning of my 28th birthday I strolled over the Yangon's old Secretariat building to snap a few photos of the Pyinsa Rasa opening, which a coworker is currently writing a story about.
But perhaps the biggest highlights from the month were running away to different cities to interview incredible people with stories I can't wait to share, while also sneaking in some time with loved ones from around the world.
Keeping this short, as I'm about to jump on a plane to Cambodia to meet with loved ones and an incredible group of female journalists.
Upwards and onwards, and thanks for reading.