Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating International Women’s Day on March 4th at our membership appreciation dinner! It was inspiring to see BCGE’s members, partners, supporters, Board of Directors, Senior Government officials, as well as CEOs and top management from leading businesses come together to celebrate current members who are doing excellent work in gender equality.
BCGE Chair Daw Nang Lang Kham, shared her vision for the path to achieving equality in Myanmar, stating that “The most important step to advancing equality is to achieve meaningful participation at all levels of decision making” and that there is “a paramount need for more senior leaders in promoting female rights.” She emphasized that “Pursuing gender parity can lift many more women and communities out of poverty, unleash the economic potential of many others, and reinforce Myanmar’s growth.”
Her Excellency Dr. Daw Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, Yangon Region Minister of Kayin Ethnic Affairs, delivered the keynote speech, where she articulated that associations like BCGE are integral in national development because it helps the Myanmar Government become more aware of gender issues and gender equality.
Daw Kyawt Kay Thi Win, Country Director of BCGE then shared BCGE’s milestones and key achievements over the past year and shared the future strategic plan for the association moving forward.
Board Member Daw Mi Mi Khaing then awarded thank you letters to all the current members of BCGE, which included: Leader members Coca Cola Pinya Beverage Myanmar, Victoria Hospital, Myanmar Imperial University, Yever Consultancy, Max Myanmar Holding Co.,Ltd; Implementer members Alpha Power Engineering Co.,Ltd and Shwe Nandaw Jewelry; and Initiator members Pinlon Hospital, CCEducare, MyanAnts, 360ed and Gandawin Magazine.
The event concluded with remarks from Daw Hla Hla Win, CEO of 360ed, who spoke about challenging gender norms in her private family life as well as in her career and business, and Mr. Victor Wong, who highlighted practices at Coca-Cola Myanmar that are helping to empower women at every level of the workforce.
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