Women’s Rights Week

On the occasion of the International Women’s Rights Day, the French Institute and the French Embassy are organizing the 3rd Edition of the Women’s Rights Week in Myanmar in order to support all Myanmar women fighting for their rights and their future. 

Institut français de Birmanie
No.340, Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township 11111, Yangon, Myanmar


Monday 8th March at 2:30pm

Brazen: rebel ladies who rocked the world


Online animated films “les culottées” (the cheeky ones)

Born from a blog on monde.fr (main French media), volumes 1 and 2 of “Culottées” draw the portrait of 30 fearless women. From Nellie Bly, the first investigative journalist (whom no one knows) to France Glessner Lee, the miniaturist of crime who made the development of forensic medicine possible, the cartoonist Pénélope Bagieu pays tribute in her own way to these extraordinary women, heroines who have remained in the shadow of the great story. 5 mini animated films drawing of relevant and successful personal portraits.

ONLINE | Exclusively on 8th March via
Languages: French and English

Monday 8th March from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Women for change


Opening of the photographic exhibitions

  • Portraits of women around the world working toward change.
  • Photographic Exhibition and video projection “Myanmar stories” Collection of photos picked up from short videos reveals the life of ordinary women heroes whose individual dignity, courage and grace touch our hearts.

| From 8th – 31 March

Guided tours at 10 am and 2 pm upon registration via
Google Form: t.ly/rEoM or email to culture.ifbirmanie@gmail.com

Walk-in visit upon registration Monday through Friday from 8 to 6:30

Languages: English and Burmese

Tuesday 9th March

Singing women’s activism


Online diffusion of militant songs from committed french female singers – part 1

A series of 4 French songs by artists committed to women’s rights will be broadcast online. The female singers advocate against gender based violence, harassment and the importance of the women power.

Songs of the day :

Chilla – Si j’étais un homme (If I were a man) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn-lbI7MESI

This young feminist rapper known for her committed lyrics, writes this song for men with the aim of turning the situation around so that a man can put himself in the place of a woman who is being harassed and make them think about those who have this kind of behavior.

Jain – Oh man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEXEg6w6BMg

This song comes from the album Souldier where the singer appears in overalls, in reference to Rosie the riveter, an American worker represented by the artist John Howard Miller who draws the worker with a tight biceps and a raised fist, proclaiming: “We can do it!”. While there was nothing feminist about the worker and the purpose of the poster, many mouvements hijacked it in favor of feminist struggles.

Clara Luciani – La Grenade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85m-Qgo9_nE

This song was written in reaction to the sexist remarks and macho behaviour that the singer herself had to face since her childhood. Released in 2018, Grenada has so far received more than 59 million hits, with more than 45 million views on the Youtube platform and more than 15 million in streaming.

Hymn of MLF – Debout les femmes (Women, stand up !) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VCcrRY3PKU

Emblematic song of the Women’s Liberation Movement (MLF) formed in the 1970s, whose struggle has led to many achievements in terms of women’s rights in France. On November 23, 2018, on the eve of the international day against gender based violence, the famous hymn of the MLF was taken up by a group of 39 women musicians led by the duo Brigitte. The profits from this song were donated to a Women’s House in the city of Saint-Denis (Suburb of Paris), a structure inaugurated in June 2016 and which “welcomes all vulnerable women or victims of violence”.

Broadcasting : Facebook of the French Institute
Languages : French and Burmese (စာသားရယူရန်)

Wednesday 10th March

Women activists doing history in Myanmar


Online diffusion of woman human rights defender

Wai Wai Nu is a Rohingya activist and human rights defender, co-founder of Justice for Women and director of the Women’s Peace Network Arakan. As a teenager, Wai Wai Nu was arrested and imprisoned for 7 years by the government because of her father’s political activism. Since her release from prison in 2012, Wai Wai Nu now lives in the United States and is dedicated to the defense of democracy, human rights and women’s rights. Her interview puts into perspective the struggle led by Myanmar women for their emancipation, as well as the challenges they face following the February 1st coup.

ONLINE Accessible via IFB’s Facebook page and YouTube.
Languages: French and Burmese

Thursday 11th March

Singing women’s activism


Online broadcasting of militant songs from committed french female singers – part 2

A series of 4 French songs by artists committed to women’s rights will be broadcast online. The female singers advocate against gender based violence, harassment and the importance of the women power.

Songs of the day :

Ibeyi – No man is big enough for my arms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM2Nv1iPXkc

This duet composed of Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, two French twin sisters of Venezuelan-Cuban-Tunisian origin, covers in the song “No Man is Big enough for My Arms”, the words of Michelle Obama who had declared during a speech for the election campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016 “We measure any society by the way it treats its women and girls”. She was responding to then-candidate Donald Trump, who bragged about sexually assaulting women and his subsequent complete lack of remorse.

Angèle – Balance Ton Quoi (Trought out) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi7Rx3En7-k

The young singer supports in her own way the women’s movements via social networks that have shaken the world following #MeToo.

KENY ARKANA – J’sais pas faire autrement   (I don’t know how else to do it) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBqkU49P3gk

Rare female rapper in a very macho musical universe, Keny Arkana cuts her punchlines and remains the same towards and against all, with incisive lyrics that remind us of the difficulties faced by women in the cultural sector.

Anne Sylvestre – Juste une femme (Just a woman) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72egvR70EyM

Historic feminist figure, who died in 2021, the singer raised her voice again in 2013 against all the humiliations of men made to women in echo of the rape charges against a famous politician.

Broadcasting : Facebook of the French Institute
Languages : French and Burmese (စာသားရယူရန်)

Friday 12th March

When feminist books speak together


Online stop motion film on feminism litterature

Artistic creation of the French Institute, in partnership with Lucas Restrepo Orrego, researcher in Franco-Colombian philosophy. This stop motion video highlights the feminist collection of the IFB library through the staging of their authors. This video reminds us of the essentiality of women’s movements in the processes of democratization and women’s emancipation.

ONLINE Accessible via IFB’s YouTube.
Languages: French and Burmese

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