Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, delivered a video message to the World Assembly for Women (WAW) 2016 being held on 13 and 14 December 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The Assembly was hosted by Mr Shinzo Abe as part of his efforts to promote women’s participation in society around the world.
In her message, the State Counsellor highlighted the progress that the world has made in the advancement of women especially in the areas of education and employment. While recognizing the progress, the State Counsellor also underlined the challenges to overcome in particular violence against women, unpaid work, underrepresentation of women in decision making level and unequal access to economic resources. The State Counsellor further encourages the participants to go beyond traditional thinking, stereotypical views and be creative and find evidence based solutions in addressing the challenges. The Government of Japan has been organizing the WAW annually since Prime Minister, Mr Shinzo Abe introduced his idea of “a society where women shine” at the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 to promote women’s participation in society.