Empowered “Lady” of the day

23 Jul

EWI is spotlighting Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi today as an inspiration and force for good in the world!

And we’re not the only ones blown away by this mother, lawmaker and activist! Luc Besson’s new film “Lady” documents the life and achievements of Ms. Suu Kyi.

Over the course of her participation as an activist and political candidate, Aung San Suu Kyi has taken the western stereotype of the submissive Asian woman and turned it on its head.  As a leader of the revolts against the dictator of Burma in the 1980s, Ms Suu Kyi rose up against a violent, oppressive regime in the name of freedom and democracy.  As a political prisoner, she exercised self-discipline and patience by enduring long periods of confinement under house arrest and continuing her study of French, Japanese and meditation.

Given the exceptional character she demonstrated in the face of adversity, it’s no surprise that she was able to gain the confidence of the population and succeed in the elections held in Myanmar (Burma) last April.  It’s also no wonder that leaders from all over the globe have welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi into their home countries with open arms during her recent travels around the world – a tour that marks her first time out of the country since 1988.

So what can we take away from the struggles faced by this empowered woman and fellow burmese activists during the past two decades? Not only is our liberty something we should be thankful for every day, but as Aung San Suu Kyi mentioned in a 1997 article in the NY Times, we have the power to use it to promote the liberty of others.

To learn more about Ms. Suu Kyi: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11685977

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