Myanmar celebrates International Women’s Day in capital city

Honorable patron of MWAF Daw Khin Khin Win views products displayed by women’s vocational trainng schools.—mna
Honorable patron of MWAF Daw Khin Khin Win views products displayed by women’s vocational trainng schools.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 8 March — Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation celebrated International Women’s Day 2015 under the theme “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”, at its office here on Sunday.
Speaking at the celebration, Daw Khin Khin Win, President U Thein Sein’s wife and MWAF’s honourable patron, said new opportunities as well as challenges are facing today’s world, with an unprecedented growth of urbanization and industrialization sweeping in developing countries.
Women constitute nearly a half of the world’s population and their empowerment plays a vital role in the fast-changing world.
She called women engaged in national movements through the independence struggle historic figures, praising other female figures in literature, arts, law, medicine and other social spheres.
She described gender equality as fundamental in the drive to national reconciliation, calling for more women participation in political, economic and social settings.
Myanmar women have a longer life expectancy than their opposites, with males at 63.57 years and females at 68.46, she stated, citing that of over 600 senior citizens aged 100 and over who received the state’s honour, 70% were found to be women.
She urged women to follow the example of those women of successive eras who had contributed a lot to their society going hand in hand with men on all fronts. MNA

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