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American suffragette Susan B. Anthony stated, “[t]here never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” Her words ring true worldwide.
Statistically, societies are better off when women are active participants in governance. According to the Women’s Democracy Network, when women hold political office there is a decrease in corruption levels, higher GDP, better legal protections of women’s rights, and significant positive impact on local communities.
The Human Freedom initiative’s Liberty and Leadership Forum recently brought 18 emerging leaders from Burma to the United States. Over the course of three weeks, the program equipped participants with the knowledge and tools needed to help in their country’s democratic transition after decades of authoritarian rule. Seven out of the group of 18 are women who will continue to invest in their community and help the Burmese people realize their dream of freedom and prosperity.
Watch the video below to hear some of our 2014 Young Leaders discuss the importance of women’s participation in building Burma’s democracy.
South Dallas’s Bonton Farms Hosts Liberty and Leadership scholars and Mrs. Laura Bush
The Bush Institute’s 23 Liberty and Leadership scholars from Burma are spending three weeks in the United States for Module 2 programming.
Witnessing Burma's Transition Through Its People
Learn how the Liberty and Leadership Scholars, together with others in Burma, are forging a path to democracy and peace, bringing diverse communities together through mutual understanding and respect.
Bush Institute Leaders Are Contributing to Burma's Democratic Transition
Since the launch of the Liberty and Leadership Program, the Bush Institute has engaged 79 men and women from Burma, including former political prisoners, civil society activists, members of parliament, journalists, educators, health practitioners, and other emerging leaders.