Nay Pyi Taw celebrated Myanmar Women’s Day at MICC-II yesterday where State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech on the pivotal role of women in society.
The event was organized by the Myanmar National Committee for Women (MNCW) and opened with singer Poe Mi performing the theme song of the event.
State Counsellor’s speech
In her speech, the State Counsellor said Myanmar Women’s Day is held on the same day MNCW was established on 3rd July. She said the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day – ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’ resounds with Myanmar Women’s Day. She urged everyone to work in line with that theme to bring gender equality, social justice and protection for women.
She said this day emphasized how women could contribute to the nation’s current requirements. She said there were requirements for women in Myanmar and around the world.
The most important thing for a country was to have set standards, said the State Counsellor. She called for women to think on how to raise these standards.
She said global standards were reaching right into our homes in this era of fast communications. She urged women of the country to consider which standards to adopt and which would be valuable for Myanmar. She said women need to and must consider what could contribute to the peace process and national reconciliation movement in Myanmar which was a developing country.
The State Counsellor said no force could compete against unity. She said self interest among individuals and organizations would not contribute anything to Myanmar’s development. She said setting standards for uniting and empowering women forward would pave the way for a brighter future in the country.
She said it was not enough to just lay down standards as everyone must put them into practice. She urged everyone to consider what mental development sectors need to be emphasized while most people these days were prioritizing physical development.
When thinking of opportunities, we should also consider responsibility, said the State Counsellor. She said opportunities need to be kept in check by assigning duties for bringing benefits to the majority. She said these two concepts together would make our Myanmar valuable.
The State Counsellor called for women to consider what type of standards they wish to impart into children while they were still young. She said 90 per cent of teachers in the education system were women and she looked forward for more men to become teachers. She said it would not be wrong to say women were leading the education field, where she referred not to the university professors but to the primary school teachers. She said women played an important role in the family, in education and in society as a whole. The State Counsellor said challenges present themselves in different forms as global development pushes forward. She said it was needed to exert compassion and kindness together with development for it to be genuine. She urged the women of Myanmar to ponder on which way they would like society to develop into for the next generation and for themselves when they grew older. She said this applied just as much to men as it did to women.
The State Counsellor encouraged gender equality movements to treat each other as friends and siblings instead of viewing one another as bitter enemies. She said women need to practise understanding among themselves first for the rest of society to follow suit and brighten the future of the next generation. She concluded with a wish for Myanmar women to continue becoming valuable citizens for as long as the world stands.
Present at the commemoration for Myanmar Women’s Day were: First Lady Daw Cho Cho, Daw Su Su Lwin, wife of former President U Htin Kyaw, Daw Khin Thet Htay, wife of Vice President U Myint Swe, Daw Yin May, wife of Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat, Nant Kyin Kyi, wife of Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Chairman of the Union Constitutional Tribunal U Myo Nyunt’s wife Daw Htay Yi, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein’s wife Daw Aye Thida, MNCW Chairman and Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, the wives of Union Ministers, the Union Attorney-General, Peace Commission Chairman and Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman, Deputy Ministers, Hluttaw representatives, permanent secretaries, departmental heads, diplomats and representatives of foreign embassies and organizations, and the chairpersons and officials of Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation, Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, Myanmar Women and Child Life Promotion Organization, Women Organization Network, Orphans Reduction and Protection Association (Myanmar), Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs Association, Gender Equality Network, Myanmar Women Sport Federation, and Gender Equality Cooperation Association. —MNA
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)