Women Sing Songs of Empowerment in Rangoon

By The Irrawaddy 9 March 2015

RANGOON — Some of the most prominent women in Burma’s musical scene drew crowds to Rangoon’s People’s Park on Sunday in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Burmese singer Shee, ethnic Chin Sone Thin Par and Kachin composer Ah Moon entertained audiences along with local theater troupes and performers from the Myanmar Association of the Blind.

Jointly organized by the Women’s Organization Network and Oxfam, the all-day program was tailored to raise awareness of women’s issues and promote women’s empowerment, showcasing talent and featuring short dramas about domestic violence and trafficking of young women.

While the line-up was meant to cater to women’s interests and issues, Shee said she also hoped to see men taking up the cause of promoting women’s voices and abilities, “not just for one day, but every day.”

“We are happy if our songs and performances bring something better to society,” she said. “Art gives you the spiritual strength to make change.”