A Network of Young Women in Burma, Colombia, Thailand and New Mexico

We are a unique team. We bring over 20 years collective experience in training, facilitation and leadership development, as well as a background and shared commitment to working directly with grassroots communities. We are a truly international organization, with roots in the global South, and are women-founded and led.

Shining

Shining

Co-founder

Shining is a professional in the field of peacebuilding and environmental advocacy from Shan State, Burma. She has a Master of Arts in International Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, a second Masters degree in the field of Sustainable Natural Resources Management from the University for Peace, Costa Rica and she will soon complete her third Masters degree in the field of Global Politics at Ateneo De Manila University, Philippines. She worked for four years at EarthRights International’s Mekong School based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and served as the School Training Coordinator and Alumni Program Coordinator. Nang Shining was instrumental in organizing Mekong School graduates into an alumni network with the goal of strengthening regional cooperation on human rights and environmental protections in the Mekong basin countries. Prior to that, she worked at Images Asia as a researcher for one year. Currently, she is also serving as a board member at Kwah Dao Organization which is based in Pai, Thailand. She is interested in the intersection of peace and conflict transformation, human rights and environmental issues in the Mekong region.

Hannah El-Silimy

Hannah El-Silimy

Co-founder

Hannah El-Silimy is a trainer and consultant for peace and social justice who has worked with youth, activists, and community based groups in Southeast Asia, the U.S., U.K., and the Middle East since 2004. Her family background is Japanese and Egyptian. She has a Masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio. She has coordinated training programs for EarthRights International, led peace-building, diversity and conflict transformation trainings for youth in public schools, workshops in mindfulness and wellness with resettled refugees and teenage youth, and worked with young activists in Southeast Asia to develop their strengths in peacebuilding, particularly in peace and social justice education and facilitation skills. She believes in the importance of working with youth and grassroots communities using an empowerment based approach, as well as linking peacebuilding with social movements for justice and equality.

Paula

Paula

Co-founder

Paula is a Colombian Anthropologist with an M.A. in Conflict Transformation. Since 2010 she has been part of the International Steering Group at the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY). She is currently living in Colombia, working on a project with Save the Children in order to train teachers on mindfulness techniques in one of the most affected regions by war and displacement. From 2011 to 2013 she worked in South and Southeast Asia where she developed trainings for teachers on Peace Education for the Tibetan Government in Exile, implemented Peace Education strategies with NGOs in Nepal working for the eradication of child and youth sexual trafficking using dance, conscious movement and mindfulness, and worked with young Burmese refugees to facilitate spaces for learning about the importance of Human Rights through the use of techniques such as art and mindfulness. She believes that all efforts towards bringing peace to the world need to be developed firstly inside each human being, so it can be true and sustainable.

About Our Name

The name Weaving Bonds Across Borders was chosen as a meaningful and symbolic way to describe the mission and vision of our work.

In the same way that a weaver takes different threads and intertwines them together to create a strong fabric, our work also brings together different people and communities and weaves them together to create strong bonds and relationships.

The borders that we create bonds across are not just national borders, but also the borders in our hearts and minds, including across religious, gender, and ethnic lines, as well as any other of the ways in which we create boundaries to divide and separate ourselves from others.

As weaving is a practice that is common to many groups and communities around the world, particularly women, it is a name with significance for many of the groups we work with.

It was also important given our global nature to have a name that could be easily and beautifully translated to and understood in Burmese and Spanish, as well as other languages.