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Mar 11, 2008 (DVB), The National League for Democracy women's wing held a belated celebration for International Women's Day on Monday at the party headquarters in Rangoon.
International Women's Day is marked every year on 8 March, but the NLD event was held two days later because of public holidays, Daw Leh Leh from the women's wing said.
The celebrations started at around 12 noon and were attended by women from different townships in Rangoon division and by elected representatives Daw Khin Htay Kywe from Mon state, Daw Nan Khin Htway Myint from Karen state and Daw Hla Hla Moe from Min Hla township.
Daw Leh Leh and women's wing coordinator Daw Myint Myint Sein gave the keynote speeches to open the event, followed by speeches from the elected representatives with women's wing member Aye Aye Mar acting as master of ceremonies.
In her speech, Daw Leh Leh called on the women of Burma to keep themselves informed about the government's upcoming referendum in May.
"We women should all open our eyes and ears and be aware of things that are happening in our environment," she said.
"The time is coming to have our say in the upcoming referendum, and we women should clearly express our opinion on whether or not this constitution can bring the democracy we have always wanted."
Reporting by Maung Too