Naw Lay Dee blowing up condom balloons as part of an activity during a family planning discussion.

Naw Lay Dee blowing up condom balloons as part of an activity during a sexual health workshop.

Yesterday, we tagged along to a women’s health workshop in one of the Burmese migrant communities. Because sex-ed isn’t taught in Burmese schools (side note: a lot of other things are also left out of the Burmese curriculum), many women don’t know how to prevent pregnancy, HIV, and STIs. BWU goes out into these communities and hosts workshops to help educate these communities. While it was all in Burmese and we couldn’t understand it word-for-word, it looked a lot (judging from the diagrams, awkward giggles and sudden uncomfortableness when Naw Lay Dee brought out the condoms) like any other sex-ed portion of a general high school health class.

Zar Zar joined us in the back of the room mid-way through the session. While Naw Lay Dee was demonstrating how to put a condom on a giant dildo, she muttered something and the entire room burst out laughing. Zar Zar translated for us, “You put it on like this in real life, but it will probably be smaller because we are Asian.” Good to know penis jokes are global.

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