MSWRR celebrates International Women’s Day

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Union Minister Dr Thet Thet Khine makes a speech on the occasion of International Women Day yesterday.

Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement celebrated International Women’s Day for 2021 yesterday at the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday through an online system.

It was attended by members of the State Administration Council: Daw Aye Nu Sein and U Sai Lone Sai, wives of the members of the SAC U Moung Har and Saw Daniel, Union Minister for SWRR Dr Thet Thet Khine, Union Attorney-General Dr Thidar Oo, Judge of the Union Supreme Court Daw Khin May Yi, Deputy Minister U Aung Tun Khaing, member of the Union Civil Service Selection Board Daw Khin Myo Myint, members of the committees on Women’s Affairs in Myanmar, governmental officials and diplomats.

First, Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing delivered the video message.

(The message of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is covered separately. Read Here)

Next, Union Minister Dr Thet Thet Khine delivered a speech. In her speech, she said in accordance with the UN conventions on women rights, Beijing declaration, the sustainable development goal-5 and the UN resolution-1325, the country is promoting the rights of women and preventing discrimination against women.

The Union minister said women’s affairs committees at the region and state level will be re-formed as part of efforts for speeding up the current efforts for women affairs under the leadership of the State Administration Council.

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement continues to draw the Phase II of the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women-NSPAW, she added.

She continued to say that the ministry continue to implement the national-level project for prevention of sexual exploitation against women in conflicts as the national-level committee and working committee has been formed to implement the six priorities for women declared in the joint communique on prevention and response to sexual exploitation against women in conflicts signed in 2018.

The ministry has been operating the 24-hour helpline services for women since 2016 and provided cash assistance for the court hearing and livelihood to victims.

The ministry opened five One-Stop Women Support Centre-OSWSCs in Yangon, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Lashio and Kayah respectively to provide care to the women who faced sexual exploitation, she said.

Myanmar, which is a member of the UNCEDAW, has formed a committee to work on submitting the sixth report on the implementation of tasks for eliminating discrimination against women.

The ministry is participating in reviewing the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence Against Women-RPA EVAW while working as a country-level focal point of the ASEAN Committee for Women and ACWC.

In her concluding remark, the Union Minister pledged that no one would be left behind in post-COVID-19 recovery as the ministry is implementing the tasks for the development of the women.

The ceremony came to an end with the message from the UN Secretary-General read by Director-General of the Social Welfare Department Dr San San Aye.—MNA

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