New Year’s Eve 2013, what is happening around the globe?

Happy New Year !!! Sydney's skyline erupted in fireworks as Australia ushered in 2013 on Tuesday, while extravagant displays soon followed in Hong Kong and Beijing, and even the once-isolated country of Myanmar joined the party for the first time in decades. Asia greeted the new year with an atmosphere of renewed optimism despite the "fiscal cliff" impasse of spending cuts and tax increases threatening to reverberate globally from the United States and the tattered economies of Europe, … [Read more...]

DAKAR – Catch 22, ‘opium’ farmers need Alternative Livelihood

DAKAR, July 2012 (IRIN) - Upwards of 90 percent of the opium poppies in Myanmar’s northern region are grown in Shan State, even though farmers are aware that if they grow an illicit crop, it may be eradicated and they could lose everything Alternative livelihood support is needed if growers are to be weaned off this double-edged source of income. “Farmers grow opium poppy to buy food, pay off debt and have a cash income to pay school fees and health expenses,” Gary Lewis, regional … [Read more...]

WOMAN of ACTION™ – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

  A Celebration of Women™   is elated to Celebrate the Life of this awe inspiring WOMAN of ACTION, through our Tribute here.   WOMAN of ACTION™     Daw Aung San Suu Kyi   "She inspired a generation who were desperate for change." -Martin Smith about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi     Aung San Suu Kyi was born in 1945 in Yangon, Myanmar, what was formerly recognized as Rangoon. She was educated in India and England, where she attended the University of Oxford. There, she … [Read more...]

Avaaz.org , Stand with Aung San Suu Kyi‏

Dear friends, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's movement for democracy in Burma is hanging in the balance this week, with the regime threatening a brutal response to her call to free political prisoners. Activists have appealed to the world for help, saying international pressure is crucial to tipping the balance. Let's stand with Suu Kyi and the brave Burmese: The future of Aung San Suu Kyi and her amazing movement for democracy in Burma is hanging in the balance this week, and … [Read more...]

MYANMAR, Bride trafficking to China unveiled

MYANMAR: Bride trafficking to China unveiled BANGKOK, 2 June 2011 (IRIN) - Most cross-border human trafficking in Myanmar involves women tricked into travelling to China to get work, only to find a groom waiting for them on the other side. Thazin* was trafficked to China from Yangon and forced into marriage in 2008. Now 29 and back in Yangon, she told IRIN that one day she drank a cup of coffee spiked by an acquaintance, woke up in China and was soon married against her will. According … [Read more...]

care2 – Take Action!

A Celebration of Women, How Many politicians does it take to screw in a light bulb? Four. One to change it and the other three to argue about it. Okay, this joke may not be that funny, but it could land you in jail in Myanmar. Take, for instance, Zarganar, the most famous comedian and satirist in the Southeast Asian nation notorious for its poor human rights record. He's currently serving a 35 year sentence largely for mocking the government. Urge Myanmar to release Zarganar. » Zarganar's … [Read more...]

UNFPA – Momentum

  HIV Prevention Gains Momentum Success in Female Condom Programming Download PDF English This report examines a number of success stories in the fight against HIV. Examples come from countries such as Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Nigeria and the Caribbean region. These countries' governments, civil societies and the private sector have united to educate the public and to empower individuals, especially women, to insist on their right to protect their health through correct and … [Read more...]

Women's training project in northern Myanmar – Celebrate success!

  Women's training project in northern Myanmar 'generates income and goodwill'     YANGON, Myanmar, December 29 (UNHCR) – In a place where jobs are scarce and social mores discourage women from working outside the home the opportunity to learn a new skill and contribute to the family income received an enthusiastic response from the female residents Mee-chaung-zay, a remote village in Myanmar's northern Rakine state. Thirty-seven year old Azeevahar, a Muslim woman in a community that also … [Read more...]

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