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Yangon puts 'girl power' into green spaces

Safety comes first in city park designed by young women

Swe Swe Aung of social enterprise Doh Eain, left, and local teenager Hsu Lin Htet, who helped design the park (Photo by Lorcan Lovett)

Hidden behind trees near a busy road in Yangon is a novel answer to two global hot-button issues: suffocating urbanization and sexual harassment.

At one end of a newly-created park, a treehouse overlooks a wooden bridge, and at the other is a netted court where local boys play chinlone (caneball), Myanmar's unofficial national sport.

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