First Lady attends ceremony recognizing protection of abandoned children

First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin presents a certificate of honor to Chinese Ambassador’s wife Mrs. Wang Xuehong at the ceremony. Photo: MNA
First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin presents a certificate of honor to Chinese Ambassador’s wife Mrs. Wang Xuehong at the ceremony. Photo: MNA

First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin attended a ceremony focusing on the protection of abandoned children, held to commemorate the 2018 International Women’s Day. The ceremony was held in the People’s Park in Yangon yesterday morning. The ceremony was opened by First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye and Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, all of whom cut the ceremonial ribbon.
Also, Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye delivered an opening speech, saying the public can see the problems caused by changes in society, as advancements in technology occur. Human rights are seen to being frequently violated, and youths are experiencing the undesirable effects of using modern technology. As youths are the engine which drive the country’s future, and are the future leaders of the country, so it is important to systematically raise the youth, who are the strength of the nation.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is cooperating with other ministries, volunteer organizations, INGOs and NGOs to secure children’s rights, and to assist women in learning about their rights. In conducting those works, priority is given to set up policies, drawing up and enacting laws, along with rules and procedures that are appropriate to the current age, said the Union Minister.
Afterwards, the Yangon Region Chief Minister said that Myanmar is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The development of women is important for all countries, as women are a human resource to be reckoned with in national development, and plays a primary role in the development of society. It can be clearly seen that governments and non-governmental organizations are supporting this.
Meanwhile, the number of children abandoned in hospitals and along roadsides is growing, while the number of newborn children being cared for in welfare care centers is also increasing. There are frequent cases of newborn children being abandoned in wards and townships. The work to prevent the abandoning of newborn children is a truly necessary work. It is also important to provide motherly care for abandoned children, said the Chief Minister.
After the speeches were delivered, students sang songs in honor of the 2018 International Women’s Day, while others performed dances.
Additionally, First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin was presented with a gift in honor of Myanmar-Chinese friendship, and a donation was presented to fund the protection of abandoned children movement by Mrs. Wang Xuehong, wife of the Chinese Ambassador. The First Lady then presented a certificate of honor to Mrs.Wang Xuehong.
First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin, and those who were in attendance, took a commemorative group photo, toured the display booths and signed up to assist in the movement to protect abandoned children.
The ceremony was attended by First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin, Vice President U Myint Swe’s wife Daw Khin Thet Htay, Vice President U Henry Van Thio’s wife Dr. Shwe Hlwan, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo, Deputy Minister U Soe Aung, Yangon Region Hluttaw Speaker U Tin Maung Tun, Yangon Region ministers, civil society organizations, invited guests and students.
The ceremony was continued in the evening with a talk by Obstetrics and Gynaecology Professor Dr. Mya Thida. The ceremony held today was organized by the Myanmar National Committee for Women’s Affairs and Yangon Region Government. —Myanmar News Agency

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