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Burmese women plan rally on "Women of Burma Day"

New Delhi, June 18, 2000
Mizzima News Group (http://www.mizzima.com)

Burma women organizations based in India will hold a peace rally in New
Delhi on Monday morning, the 55th birthday of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and
"Women of Burma Day".

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been leading a courageous non-violent struggle
in Burma against one of the world's most tyrannical military
dictatorships. In May 1990, her party the National League for Democracy
(NLD) got a landslide victory, winning 392 of the 485 parliamentary
seats. But, the military junta continues to ignore the popular verdict.

The women activists are holding the rally at the Jantar Mantar in New
Delhi from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. tomorrow in support of Daw Aung San
Suu Kyi and her democratic movement, according to a joint release of
Burma women organizations based in India.

Burma women organizations in exile have been celebrating Daw Aung San
Suu Kyi's birthday, June 19, as "Women of Burma Day" since 1997.
Moreover, many prominent women activists in India have proposed her
birthday to celebrate as "Women of Asia's Day".

"She is a symbol of inspiration for us because she is not just a leader
of women, she provides courageous leadership to all the Burmese people
and this daughter of Asia has established high civilizational norms
through her leadership of the movement and done us all proud", said Ms.
Madhu Kishwar, the editor of MANUSHI women and society journal in India.

In her message to Burmese women in exile on the occasion of Daw Aung San
Suu Kyi's birthday, Samata Party president Ms. Jaya Jaitly said: "We
should call this "Women of Asia's Day", because, we women of Asia most
of all, are fighting against violence, economic domination and the ugly
side of armed conflicts. All women of Asia support Daw Suu Kyi as she
gives women courage to face difficulties".