Swam Saung Oo, Burma

Full Name            : Swam Saung Oo

Nickname            : Swam

Birthday               : 6th December, 1988

Favourite book : War and Peace

Favourite music: Modern Rock, Metal

Facebook            : “Swan Song”

How do you describe yourself?

I would like to describe my country’s the whole youth rather than myself. For me, I am just a youth. Like youth nature, I want to explore the world and find out the answers how to create a better world. You can say that I am an ordinary boy with extraordinary dreams. Actually, I work as a Public Doctor. My interests are in volunteering, traveling, reading, social dealing, politics, etc. (and my sexual fantasy is …)   J

What do you want to be when you are still a child? Why?

In childhood, I had no particular ambition or specific aim. There was, however, one dream in my mind then. I always wished to become a person involved in governance. Even when we played, I often took the role of a leader and managed the games. Just because I was willing to organize the whole group and make more effective joyful activities. Besides, I would like to travel around the world, and even universe, to seek adventure. How childish I am at that time! May be dreams do come true one day…

What makes you work in SRHR field? Why?

Probably the spirit of a volunteer… I enjoy public work rather than private work. Nowadays, we need more youth voices and youth force to support comprehensive faster development in our country and ESEAO region. Simply saying, youths are leaders of the future. They possess fresh mind, clear vision and creative ideas. But, there is an enormous barrier that youths are more vulnerable to sexual and reproductive health problems. It is becoming more and more critical. That’s why I joined this field as a dutiful young person.

How long have you been working within your MA?

Not too long.

Since  March, 2011.

So, I need much experience and training.

What is your role within your MA?

A youth volunteer, organizing youth activities in Myanmar.

There is still no achievement in 20% youth participation in governance. I think I should start to solve this out and improve youth-adult partnership. MA authorities are in positive relationship with me. Moreover, I do have a plan to launch new confidential Youth-Friendly Services. In fact, my role and plans are unlimited.

What is the ideal world for young people’s SRHR that you imagine and could be realistic within your country?

In future, there would be a perfect, nice, warm and healthy world, free from sexual and reproductive health problems and diseases and an ideal world of rights fulfilled, by the pushing effort of youth. I do believe this imagination can be realistic within my country one day.

What is the biggest challenge in working with your MA?

Since Myanmar is a developing country, there are many demands for resources in all categories, such as money, technology, machines, system, manpower, updated information, support from other MAs and many more. Our MA is facing a lot of challenges now, but of all, the financial requirement is the biggest. If we run some fund-raising programs supplied by the region, I think our MA can work more.

What is the most memorable moment during working with your MA?

Every moment is memorable during working with my MA as I get a feeling that I am so pleased and proud of myself. All jobs done are great and meaningful to us, youth. Among all those memories, I shall never forget the day on which WHO authorities visit our MA and engage commitment to cooperate and provide support for us, as much as they can. It is really invaluable for our organization.

What specific issue in young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights that interest you most? Why?

Of course, I am interested in all youth SRHR issues. There is no doubt that my full concern is for “unsafe abortion”. In Myanmar, abortion or miscarriage is restricted for centuries. It is definitely due to religious beliefs that we would kill the fetus. A youth like me won’t agree with that. We should adjust by risks versus benefits. For instance, when a girl of any age gets pregnant with any man for any reason and she is afraid of consequences that she does not want it. So, she has to go to hospital for safe abortion, but hospital does not accept her indication. Then, she needs to look for other unsafe methods, leading to serious complications like haemorrhage, and even death. It is the common condition of our young women. Overall, septic abortion is top killer of women in Myanmar. Therefore, I, better if we, do have a desire to propose abortion to be legal in Parliament in order to reduce maternal mortality rate.

Mention three famous people that you want to meet and what question will you ask to her/him?

(1)    Mark Zuckerberg

‘How on earth did you create facebook in young age, and wanna ask you if you can make another network which is dedicated to youth only?’

(2)    Katy Perry

‘Will you marry me?’   (Just kidding!!   p.s. I am one of her fans)

(3)    Ban Ki-moon

‘What are your next upcoming processes and plans for Youth SRHR?’

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