#WomenHoldTheLine: The story of Myanmar’s Phyo Sandar Soe

Throughout the massive resistance movement in Myanmar, women have emerged as prominent leaders, exemplified by individuals such as Phyo Sandar Soe, Assistant to the Secretary General of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM), and member of the UnionAID Action Committee. Beginning her journey as a union organiser and educator, Sandar has steadfastly championed democracy, peace, and most notably, the rights of workers and trade unions.

Reflecting on her experiences, Sandar remarked, “Honestly, I yearn to remain in my country, leading the resistance in Myanmar. However, safety is no longer attainable there. Despite some of us being forced into exile and separated from our country, women workers continue to play a pivotal role in Myanmar’s struggle. I remain optimistic that with global solidarity and support, victory will be ours – Myanmar’s working class will win. The realisation of labour rights is contingent upon democracy, and as a woman trade unionist, I am committed to our collective pursuit of democracy.”

Read the full story on the BWI Global Union website here.

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