MYAN­MAR WOMEN

Fe­male stars shine but still a lot of work to do

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

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.

Photo: EPA

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...

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