In Burma, a long-closed country that’s just beginning to open its doors, courageous women are taking a cue from democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and guiding their communities into the 21st century.
Strong-willed and poised, Aung San Suu Kyi is inarguably Burma's most iconic symbol of its newfound freedom—a democracy leader who languished for years under house arrest in the struggle to bring political and human rights to her country until her release in 2010. Now, as Burma’s political environment evolves, Burmese women are following in the footsteps of "The Lady," as she's known, to ensure equality comes with it. The emergence of women’s rights is climbing to a crucial moment when female leaders much step up to claim their place in guiding the pliable nation into the 21st century. To achieve this, the women of Burma are seeking support in the international community, and a Thailand-based organization is working to sponsor some of the most promising, outspoken female leaders.
The We women foundation provides professional support and educational opportunities for women from marginalized communities in Burma. The foundation builds each woman’s capacity to make and influence policy decisions within their communities—a privilege that would otherwise be made by outsiders.