On the 8th March, 2016 the British Embassy, in conjunction with the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon, has host an important event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event was titled ‘Myanmar: Women in the lead’ and will consider the role that women must play in Burma’s future. The event focus on the two themes of entrepreneurship and leadership. Throughout the day there was keynote speeches and panel discussions with some of Burma’s most impressive and inspiring women. The event was open to all and bring together men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds to share experiences and make new connections.
International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world and it is an opportunity for us all to call for greater progress to achieving absolute equality for women as well as celebrating the important contribution women mane to global society and economy.
Burma is a focal country for the UK National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security and the UK is supporting a wide range of work on gender equality including: ensuring participation of women in public life; enabling women to have better access to economic opportunities and services; and ensuring the specific needs of women and girls are met in areas affected by conflict.
Lisa Weedon, Director of UKTI at the British Embassy and founder of the Yangon Professional Women’s Network said:‘International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary contribution women make in this country. This event brings together remarkable women from all sectors to consider how we can work together to support entrepreneurship and develop leadership amongst Burma’s women.
It is also an opportunity to call for true gender equality in Burma. There is clear evidence that countries with more gender equality perform better both economically and socially. Burma is on an extraordinary journey and women will play a crucial role in its future.’
May Myat Mon Win, General Manager of the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon said: ‘We are very honored to work together with UKTI in presenting an International Women’s Day Conference to mark International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2016.
Myanmar is moving into a newly progressive era and highly energetic and enthusiastic Myanmar women are essential in perpetuating this development. Self-confident, self-motivated and self-empowered women can achieve the previously thought impossible. Congratulations and cheers to all women around the world who make it a better place to live the remarkable.
I believe this event will bring about the broad awareness needed for all to support gender parity.’
The Professional Women’s Network in Yangon was established in March 2014 and is an informal network of local and international women working in all areas of business. The objective of the network is to share experiences and provide networking opportunities for women in Yangon. The network has hosted a number of events including panels of women in finance and women in leadership.
The UK is a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). At the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 14-24 March, UK will push for robust language on UK priorities including ending violence against women and girls, increasing the economic empowerment and participation of women in decision-making.
The UK is committed to addressing violence against women and girls overseas. One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence. Just two thirds of all countries have outlawed domestic violence, and only 52 countries have explicitly criminalised rape within marriage.