Suu Kyi and Jolie meet squatters, women’s groups

Aung San Suu Kyi and Angelina Jolie in Yangon. (Photo – EMG)

National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and actress Angelina Jolie visited squatter huts and women’s hostels in Hlaingthaya Township, Yangon, and asked the women about their occupation, wages, education and whether they were registered to vote.

After visiting the Kantkaw and Hlaing Htate Htarr hostels, they met squatters in Mingyi Mahar Minkhaung Street and workers from a clothing factory in Mandalay Street, according to a NLD statement.

The special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees met groups working to prevent sexual violence against women and other female activists at the British ambassador’s residence in Yangon on August 1.

“Mainly we discussed how to prevent violence against women. She asked how she could help increase the participation of women in the peacemaking processes. She said she was interested and want to help women’s involvement in the [November 8] election,” said May Sabai Phyu from Gender Equality Network.

The previous day Jolie met an election educational programme called “She Leads” held at the YMCA Hall in Yangon and religious leaders from the Myanmar Interfaith Group at Phayar Phyu Monastery in Pazundaung Township.

The co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence initiative said: “It is important for women to participate in every democratic process. I encourage everyone to check if they are included in the voter lists and if the data about them is correct, so that they will be able to vote on November 8.”

Jolie visited refugee camps in Kachin State, including the Kachin Baptist camp in Jan Mai Kaung Ward, Myitkyina, and refugee camps suffered from fires last year.

She visited Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Kachin State, but the plan to visit Rakhine State was cancelled due to flooding.

The movie star has met President Thein Sein, Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Myanmar Peace Centre chairperson Aung Min and Minister for Defence Lt-Gen Wai Lwin.