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We Can Do It!: Women as leaders in promoting democratic change

August 18, 2014 by Elizabeth Hoffman

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.