Influential Global Female Leader: Aung San Suu Kyi

One very influential global leader is Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma. Aung is Burma’s pro-democracy leader who fights for non-violent resistance to brutal dictatorship. She has shown great courage to face down the military regime, with her belief that no regime is stronger than people’s yearning to be free. Aung returned to Burma in 1995 after starting a family in the UK, in order to take care of her ill mother. Upon returning she was swept into the pro-democracy movement and soon became general secretary of the National League for Democracy. The reason she joined politics was not for personal power but for “the right of a people to govern themselves and the belief that democracy is the means by which free people deliberate about a shared future”. Being committed to this cause Aung has had to face detention and brutal attacks on her and her supporters for more than 15 years. Since the junta fears Aung so much she has lived years with threats to her life and that’s not even her biggest sacrifice. She also sacrificed being separated from her family, she has not seen her children since 1995. Through all of this, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now 65, has remained firm for non-violence and has fought for freedom of her people with great dignity.

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