Friday, September 22, 2017

Myanmar celebrates the power of women this week

The government and several parties – including foreign embassies, business groups and non-governmental organisations – are coming together to hold a series of programs on women empowerment this week.

KBZ Group corporate social responsibility department head Daw Yu Wai Maung speaking at the Myanmar Women’s Week press conference in Yangon on March 3. Photo - SuppliedKBZ Group corporate social responsibility department head Daw Yu Wai Maung speaking at the Myanmar Women’s Week press conference in Yangon on March 3. Photo - Supplied

The programs from Monday to Sunday in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw are part of a global celebration marking International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8.

The opening event would be the Women’s Empowerment Forum at Kempinski Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw today (March 6).

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be speaking in the Business Talk program, which will also be aired live on MRTV and the Facebook pages of the Myanmar President Office and the State Counsellor.

KBZ Group corporate social responsibility department head Daw Yu Wai Maung said the forum will focus on one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which was to achieve gender equality and empowerment for women and girls.

“We are also launching two campaigns at the forum – ‘Whistle for Help’ campaign by the Akhaya Women Myanmar and ‘Safe City’ campaign by ActionAid.

“These campaigns are to fight violence against women, especially sexual violence, and to raise awareness and cooperation among the different communities to fight these crimes,” she said.

KBZ Group is the main organiser of the event.

Another organiser, Daw Htar Htar who founded the group Akhaya Women Myanmar, said the forum would be attended by decision-makers from the business sector, making it a good platform to discuss how to make workplaces safe for women.

“Here we will introduce our ‘Whistle for Help’ campaign.

“Sometimes women don’t dare to speak out when they are in danger. But they can blow the whistle to alert the public of danger,” she said.

The Women’s Week programs then move to Yangon from Tuesday onwards.

Other programs in the line-up are the Creating Inclusive Growth Forum (March 6 in Nay Pyi Taw), Women Affairs Programs (March 6 to 11 on MRTV 4 and shortwave radios), documentaries (March 7 at Global Shapers Yangon), a women authors and women affairs book fair (March 8 to 12 at City Mart Holdings), and an equality football match (March 12 at the Myanmar Football Federation).

There will also be various women-related campaigns, workshops and seminars at various locations from Wednesday to Saturday.

Apart from KBZ Group, Akhaya Women Myanmar and ActionAid, others involved in Women’s Week are the UN Global Compact Myanmar, UN Women, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Model ASEAN Students, Yangon Bake House, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Myanmar Industrial Port, Young Investment Company, Singapore Myanmar Investco, Yathar Cho Industry, Forever Gems, Maha Nyi Ahko, City Mart Holdings, Gender Equality Network, British Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Network, Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Myanmar Football Federation.