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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Grace under fire

Aung San Suu Kyi has become an international symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of oppression.

The 65-year-old has spent most of the last 20 years in some form of detention because of her efforts to bring democracy to military-ruled Burma.

Its fair to say that she has more grace, elegance and style than most women under half the pressure. So much so I would go as far as to say that it is a bonifed fact.  Likewise, compare her to other female freedom fighters around the world – usually uniformed in khaki and mannish get-ups – and she trounces them too.
There is a lesson for all women here. In our everyday battles for whatever it is we are trying to achieve –  we need not throw out our essentially feminine nature to gain power. If Suu Kyi can lead the Burmese campaign for democracy clad in pastels and flowers, surely we can do it too.

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