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Myanmar to celebrate accomplishments, capabilities of women this week

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Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye gives talks at the Myanmar Women’s Week Forum. Photo: MNA

With the motto “Creating Inclusive Growth,” Myanmar Women’s Week commenced yesterday morning at Nay Pyi Taw’s Kempinski Hotel.
Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye, the chairperson for the Myanmar National Committee for Women’s Affairs (MNCWA), stated that in the endeavour to better the livelihoods of women, we to need eliminate inequality, oppose gender-based violence, continue paving the way for the development of opportunities for women, highlight the success of women pioneers, and confer scholarships to women and girls.
Chargé d’affaires for the U.S. Embassy Kristen Bauer said the time for an important transition in Myanmar history is upon us, and there will be numerous opportunities as well as many adversities. There are challenges in the business sector as well as in inclusive peace efforts. The fact that there are more and more female representatives in parliament are a marker of success and she believes that noninvolvement of women in peace efforts is unlikely to be successful.
“The one place where we can all find common ground is that good development in the business sector is necessary on the path to peace,” she said.
Prof. Dr. Aung Htun Thet, Chairman for UN Global Compact Network-Myanmar, discussed the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals with participation from MNCWA Chief Secretary Dr. San San Aye, Gender Equality Network Local Advisor Daw Pansi Htun Thein, Daw Yu Wai Maung from Kanbawza Group and Miss Tiko Kudo from Growth Industry Cluster Department.
The forum was then divided into smaller groups and discussed individual topics, including talks on policy and the production sector and its effects on accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals by UMFCCI Joint-Secretary Daw Khine Khine Nwe, UN Women Myanmar Dr. Jean D’Cunha’s topic on ‘The Future is Women’ which discussed improving the business sector by lessening discrimination in the workplace and the effects of inequality in society, Founder of Akhaya Women Myanmar Dr. Htar Htar  on the topic of ‘Linking differences between genders’ which highlights gender-based violence in the workplace and overcoming such events.
Afterwards there was a discussion as to what agreements should be made for gender equality. An introduction into gender-based violence and efforts to combat it was shown.
Also in the list of events were a “Whistle for Help” campaign by Akhaya Women Myanmar and the “Safe City” campaign by ActionAid, after which Prof. Dr. Aung Htun Thet delivered the concluding speech. —Thura Zaw and Group

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