Aung San Suu Kyi is a woman who should be widely celebrated amongst society, yet many are ignorant of her good deeds. She is a social democratic stateswoman, politician, diplomat, and author. She serves as the leader of the National League for Democracy. She is the first woman to be a Minister of Foreign Affairs in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon, Burma. She graduated from the University of Dehli in 1964, and Oxford in ’68. She went on to work for the United Nations for three years. Leading the NLD, her and her league won 81% of the vote for Parliament, but the military did not want that leadership, so she was put in house arrest before the elections. She was under house arrest for 15 years, which created an international outcry.
In 2015, her party won the elections by a landslide. Aung San Suu Kyi gained international acclaim. She received many honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Rafto Prize, the Sakharov Prize, the Order of Australia, and many others. She was among the honorary members of Nelson Mandela’s elders. During her time in house arrest, Suu Kyi devoted herself to Buddhism, which is reflected in her writings that had emphasis on love and compassion. Those who put her under arrest offered her freedom if she had left the country, but Suu Kyi refused, showing her bravery. She would have gotten the position as Prime Minister when the NLD won 50% of the vote for Parliament, but she was not permitted and it was a complete showing of discrimination.
Suu Kyi influenced Buddhist monk protests, despite the increasing pressure of military forces. She was released in 2010, and appeared in front of a crowd of her supporters, free and wizened. She finally got to see her family after 10 years. Some activists discriminated against Suu Kyi for her silence on the 2012 Rakhine State riots, and denied the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the state. She announced she would run for President in 2012 for the 2015 elections, even though she was barred constitutionally from presidency. She is currently the State Counsellor, and as soon as she was admitted at the position she released the order for amnesty for students arrested in jails for objecting to the National Education Bill. She’s the first female Foreign Minister of Myanmar, and she won’t be the last, because of how she can influence young girls that are in her previous position.
Title from “Taking What’s Not Yours” by TV Girl.