NAYPYIDAW — On the occasion of Women’s Week celebrations, the Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, who also chairs Myanmar National Committee for Women’s Affairs (MNCWA), talked with The Irrawaddy’s San Yamin Aung at the Women’s Week opening forum in Naypyidaw on Monday. He spoke about the government’s plans to support gender equality and women’s rights during its five-year term.
What do you feel is the role of Burmese women in the country’s politics and developments?
Women are over 50 percent of Burma’s population. For a household, a society and also for the country, we need their strengths and also we need more women’s participation in politics and businesses.
If we [the ministry], the government, the private sector and UN organizations are working together, I believe women will understand their rights more and thus, women’s participation will increase.
As you are also the chairman of Myanmar National Committee for Women’s Affairs (MNCWA), what will you do to prioritize supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women?
First of all, I took the role of chairman in the MNCWA. In the committee, we include women’s advocates, the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation, the Maternal and Child Welfare Association and women’s networks. We will work to improve the situation for women in the country by collaborating with all of those [groups]. And I would like to say we will try to finish the laws that can prevent violence against women and also urgently protect women’s rights...
San Yamin Aung