August 19, 2016

Myanmar observes International Women’s Day 2016

Union ministers visit booth displaying documentary photos.
Union ministers visit booth displaying documentary photos.

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day 2016 was observed at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The International Women’s Day commemorative event held under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” was attended by Honourary Patron of Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation (MWAF) Daw Khin Aye Myint, wife of Vice-President U Nyan Tun, Union ministers and deputy ministers, members of the MWAF and Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, representatives from the UN agencies and guests.
In her address, Union Minister Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin elaborated on the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement’s undertakings on the empowerment of women in cooperation with local and international non-governmental organisations, speaking on the ongoing implementation of the National Strategic Plan for Advancement of Women-NSPAW (2013-2022) in the country.
The Union minister called for equal participation of women in shaping the nation into a modern democracy in accordance with the theme of the 2016 International Women’s Day.
Next, a UN official read out the message sent by the United Nations Secretary General on the occasion of the day.
After the ceremony, those present viewed documentary photos. The earliest Women’s Day observance was originated by the 1908 strike of garment workers in New York City, USA.


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