Is U Aye Maung of the Rakhine National Party the right person to represent the ethnic minorities during the six way talks?Written by Mizzima Business Weekly
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|
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.
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.|
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.