Female stars shine but still a lot of work to do
Last week Myanmar took a pause to highlight the importance of women in national development.
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi took time out to address an International Women's Day event on March 8 in Nay Pyi Taw to stress the need to give priority to promoting the role of women in rural areas, voicing support and encouragement to the female population there.
Suu Kyi emphasized the importance of the women's role in rural areas as 30 percent of the gross domestic product of the country comes from the agricultural sector, while 70 percent of the total population is living in rural areas. She also urged the new generation of women to strive for their security and improve their skills while emulating the talented Myanmar women of successive past eras.
Yet many hurdles remain in a largely patriarchal society, despite the fact that the country is led by a woman. As the following profiles make clear, women are excelling in a range of fields, from business, to farming, to social affairs, and to the arts.
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (C-R), Myanmar's first lady Su Su Lwin (C-L), Khan Thet Htay (R), wife of Myanmar Vice-President Myint Swe, and Shwe Lwan (L), wife of Myanmar Vice-President Henry Van Hti Yu, pose for a group photo after the...