18 Oct Women’s political party founded in Myanmar’s Mon State

Written by Matthew Roebuck Published in Politics Read 3085 times
Mi Then Shin (Fifth person from the right) at Mon National Conference held in Mawlamyine in 2013. Photo: PNA Mi Then Shin (Fifth person from the right) at Mon National Conference held in Mawlamyine in 2013. Photo: PNA

An all-women political party based in Mon State submitted their registration to the Union Electoral Commission on October 14, reported Phophtaw News on October 17.

They reported Mi Then Shin, also known as Mi Layai Mon said the aim of the party was to improve women’s lives in general as well as establishing a role for women in today’s politics.

“If we don’t form a women’s political party women in our community will have a very limited role in politics and will be reduced to joining other political parties,” said Mi Then Shin.

The party is reported to have nine central executive committee members, 15 central committee members and over 1,000 party members. For now Mi Then Shin says it will focus on competing in elections in Mon State, bit with an ambition for the party to grow to other areas of Myanmar in the future.

Tin Tin Nyo, general secretary of the Women League of Burma General-Secretary told Phophtaw News this was the right time for such a move to be made.

“Establishing a separate women’s party is essential for women to achieve a leading role in politics. This is an appropriate time; by setting up a female party we can fulfil the needs of women.”

Mi Then Shin said the new women's party will work now work with experts to draft the party constitution, policies and strategies.