SEAPA marks the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

Today (November 29) is the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day (IWHRD). SEAPA commemorates the day with the voices of women journalists from Myanmar. While women journalists comprise an overwhelming majority in the Myanmar media community, they generally occupy lower positions in the newsroom. Still, their commitment and substantial contribution have helped the country’s transition to democracy.

*The IWHRD day was launched in 2004 for the recognition and protection of women human rights defenders who are activists advocating for the realization of all human rights for all people.

Nan Lwin Hnin Pwint, Irrawaddy’s senior reporter, highlights the importance of women journalists to be in the conflict zones and the front line. The victims on the ground feel more comfortable with women journalists to share their problems. [Click the photos for video links.]

Photo: Nan Lwin Hnin Pwint

Photo: Nan Lwin Hnin Pwint

Thin Lei Win, the founder of Myanmar Now, talks about her passion on the oral history project “The Kite Tales“, the compilation of untold stories across Myanmar. Through her stories, it is time for people of Myanmar to learn and understand each other’s life and culture.

Thin Lei Win

Photo: Thin Lei Win

Esther Htusan, an AP’s correspondent in Yangon, gives her belief and impression on being journalists, who can bring changes to the society through their news and stories. She emphasizes the importance of journalists working outside the capitals and conflict zones have a very significant role to reveal what has happened behind the scene.

Photo: Esther Htusan

Photo: Esther Htusan

A freelance journalist Mon Mon Myat explains the roles of women journalists in the dangerous zones, saying women journalists are more sensitive to detect the humanitarian sides of any given situations. It is the right thing to do for media houses and local authorities in providing protection for journalists, especially women, instead of disregarding with excuses.

Photo: Mon Mon Myat

Photo: Mon Mon Myat

*Interviews were conducted in November, 2016.