State Counselor to Meet with Female Entrepreneurs to Kick Off Women’s Week

By San Yamin Aung 3 March 2017

RANGOON— State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will hold talks with female entrepreneurs in Naypyidaw on Monday at the opening forum of the country’s women’s week celebrations.

A week-long series of events in honor of the March 8 International Women’s Day will open with a forum on creating inclusive growth at the Kempinski Hotel.

The state counselor will deliver the opening remarks and speak with nine women entrepreneurs from the private sector.

The forum will also include panel discussions, brainstorming sessions and workshops focused on women’s roles in development, as well as gender equality in the workplace.

Daw Nang Lang Kham, director of KBZ Bank, said the private sector must act to remove barriers in the workplace including unconscious bias, discrimination, gender segregation and harassment, while the government and NGOs also have roles as prominent advocates.

“Through cultivating women’s skills and supporting their total professional development through events like these, we can harness their power and enable them to achieve so much more in Myanmar’s business landscape and overall economic success,” Daw Nang Lang Kham was quoted in a press release on Friday.

The week will include seminars, a soccer match, book fair and campaigns in Rangoon, Mandalay, Sagaing Division’s Monywa and Mon State’s Mawlamyine from March 6-12.

KBZ group will host and coordinate the events in partnership with Rangoon’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

The Myanmar National Committee for Women’s Affairs, Gender Equality Network, UN Global Compact Myanmar, UN Women, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, ActionAid, Global Shapers, Australian-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, British Chamber of Commerce, Professional Women’s Network, Myanmar Football Federation, City Mart Holdings, Akhaya Women, Forever Group, Irrawaddy Publishing Group and Yangon Bakehouse are also participating.