From gender equality to national prosperity

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Society in the 21st Century has undergone a dramatic shift in public opinion about the so-called weaker sex, coming to demand that women should enjoy the same rights as men.
Our country has designated 3 July as Myanmar Women’s Day with the aim of celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. It is a national day that honours women and advocates their equal rights in all aspects of life.
In support of women’s rights, the United Nations has urged in Article 1 of its Charter that all nations should promote and encourage respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.
Any attempt to deny women rightful access to education, financial security and participation in social, political and economic contexts can be interpreted as a form of persecution.
A hard look at today’s international settings will, however, reveal that some women still face discrimination in terms of employment, salary, governance and peace building.
This challenges our efforts and points out the need to restructure our society so that women can play the same role as men in every aspect of life. After all, women’s rights are part of human rights, as gender equalitybenefits people everywhere.

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