February Monthly Seminar_Zoom meeting

Women, Youth and Children in Myanmar’s Future

Australia Myanmar Institute invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Date: February 28, 2022 (Monday)  

Duration: 1 hour

Time: 1800-1900 PM Australia/Melbourne Time (1330-1430 Myanmar/Yangon Time)

Join Zoom Meeting: please click here

Meeting ID: 550 615 4368

Passcode: 12345

Myanmar’s National Unity Government is formulating a set of policies on issues relevant to women, youth and children.  This is a policy area which has received too little attention in Myanmar’s past, and the NUG is seeking to correct that through the establishment of the Ministry of Women, Youths and Children with a senior cabinet Minister at its head and an active Deputy Minister with a background in students’ issues.

AMI is fortunate to have the cabinet Minister to speak to our February session, with support and strength from Ms Janelle Saffin MP and a Youth commentator from Australia’s diaspora community.

Minister Naw Susanna Hla Hla Soe is the Minister for Women, Youths and Children Affairs in the NUG.  Before being first elected to the Amyotha Hluttaw of Myanmar Union Parliament in 2015 (and re-elected in 2020 as Yangon Region Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister) she was an advocate, activist and practitioner for the holistic well-being in Myanmar.  She was the first Myanmar woman to win the prestigious InterAction Humanitarian Award (in 2012) and has won numerous other humanitarian awards for her work, including the Women in Peace-building award by the Women Organisation Network of Myanmar in 2013.  She has been an NUG minister since February 2021.

Janelle Saffin MP is member of the New South Wales Parliament with a long experience in development work and particularly support for parliamentarians and democratic evolution in Myanmar and other countries in the South East Asian region.  She has visited Myanmar many times and has well-established relations with women parliamentarians throughout the country.  She is a leading member of the Australian parliamentary group which provides advice and mentoring to Myanmar women parliamentarians.  Janelle is also a member of the AMI Special Advisory Reference Group.

A question and answer session will be conducted after the presentation. For more information about AMI, please visit: aummi.edu.au/.

***NOTE: Zoom can work very well, but it poses difficulties for people with a poor internet connection. So, people from Myanmar (or elsewhere) who might have a poor internet connection or low bandwidth should turn off the video mode and listen to the seminar. You may be able to switch on the video from time to time just to see who is speaking, but definitely don’t use the video mode if you wish to speak yourself.  You can also pose questions using the chat function.  The whole seminar will be uploaded later on the AMI website and Facebook page.