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The power women of Southeast Asia

IT’S International Women’s Day today. We have many reasons to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. But the fight isn’t over. While this year’s theme #PressForProgress recognises the milestones achieved last year – the #MeToo movement, #TimesUp and more – global gender equality is still over 200 years away. The World Economic Forum estimates the global gender gap can be closed in 62 years in South Asia and 161 years in East Asia and the Pacific at the current rate of progress. There needs to be more girls surviving birth and living just as long as men. More girls entering and finishing schools. More women participating in the economy. More women empowered to take political power. It’s a task that will take every day in the next 200 years, not just on every March 8. Nowhere is this most resonant than in Southeast Asia, where despite economic progress, there are on average only 30 women per every 100 men in leadership positions. Which is what makes the women on our list stand out – it’s a challenging world out there for Asean women in politics, who face hard choices about marriage, motherhood, and employment to get to the top. Yet, the trailblazers of the region give us hope that it can be done. And today, we honour their stories and accomplishments: Philippines Today, Aung San Suu Kyi is a controversial figure mired in accusations of complicity with last year’s “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya by the Burmese militaty which saw around 600,000 fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh. There are calls to strip her of her Nobel Peace Prize and she faces criticisms worldwide for standing by as Burma’s armed forces use brutal force on the Muslim minority. It’s a far cry from her image as a saintly human rights icon... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, The power women of Southeast Asia, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you The power women of Southeast Asia

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

 

 

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