The Debate

When public debate heats up Mizzima reviews the landscape of opinion and prints the most poignant quotes in favour and against.

Dr. Aye Maung Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
Dr. Aye Maung Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:01

Women’s Forum Myanmar 2014

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Gender equality a challenge, says Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

Achieving gender equality is among the many challenges Myanmar must face during its democratic transition, opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told an international women’s forum in Nay Pyi Taw on December 5.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:47

Pandita Development Institute

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Pandita-Development-InstituteName: Cham Tha Kyaw

Position: Executive Director

Organisation: Pandita Development Iinstitute

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:33

‘This is our imagination for the future’

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Community groups seek commercial forestry role

Dr. Bjoern Wode training FUG members on how to measure and calculate the timber volume in a community forest of Hnan Kyae village group. Photo: provided.
Dr. Bjoern Wode training FUG members on how to measure and calculate the timber volume in a community forest of Hnan Kyae village group. Photo: provided.

In a ground-breaking move toward community-led commercial forestry, forest user groups in Tanintharyi Region received training in forestry management, inventory and timber harvesting in November.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:22

The politics of Rakhine

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‘Pressure from other countries is the only way’

A cooling breeze makes for a pleasant afternoon in Sittwe. In a noodle shop on the city’s main road customers chat quietly while a rickshaw driver waits for business outside. But the tranquil scene in the Rakhine State capital is deceptive.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:06

Myanmar Child Rights Development Network

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Name:             Dr Arkar Soe Naung

Job title:         Project director

Organisation: Myanmar Child Rights Development Network

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:40

‘Domestic violence exists everywhere’

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Gender equality advocates tackle sexist legislation, cultural norms

The personal is political, especially with respect to violence against women in Myanmar, said Ma Htar Htar in her Yangon office, its walls plastered with “Women lead!” and “End sexual violence!” posters.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 19:38

‘There is no voice of real farmers’

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Draft land use policy dismays farmers and ethnic minority groups

When a farmer refused to leave his land near Nawngkhio in the hills of northern Shan State, police and soldiers put a gun to his head and took him away.

Monday, 08 December 2014 16:30

Economic downturn

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Rakhine businesses struggle in aftermath of unrest

Under the cover of darkness, fishing boats meet at sea off the Rakhine coast. Muslim fishermen, no longer allowed to enter the market in downtown Sittwe, the state capital, sell their day’s catch to Rakhine Buddhist buyers. on the pier at Sittwe, fishmongers and middlemen know about the deals being done at sea. But the topic is sensitive because the Rakhine Budhist fear repercussions for themselves or their businesses for doing business with Muslims.

Saturday, 06 December 2014 15:42

With a little help from Surbana

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Singapore consultancy awards scholarships to YTU students

The Yangon office of a consultancy based in Singapore has awarded scholarships worth US$2,000 each to five second-year master’s degree students at one of Myanmar’s most prestigious universities.