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2018: Myo Win (Smile Foundation- Myanmar)

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Myo Win

Myo Win

    This year’s recipient is Myo Win, a human rights activist, educator, imam, and outspoken critic of the government in his native Myanmar. Myo Win is also the founder and Executive Director of Smile Education and Development Foundation (SEDF), a national NGO that works to promote freedom of religion and belief throughout the country. Since 2007, the organization has developed, managed, and implemented programs aimed at building interfaith harmony and transforming intercommunal conflict; activities include helping to raise silent and moderate voices, responding to hate speech, drafting and advocating for inclusive and just anti-discriminatory laws, and empowering non-Bamar and non-Buddhist communities. SEDF also supports the production of documentaries on spotlight issues in Myanmar to promote dialogue and educate audiences, both local and foreign, about the complex situations its people are facing throughout the country. The film “Sittwe” focuses on the experiences of youth from the town of Sittwe who have been separated by conflict and enforced segregation in the state of Rakhine. A new film, “Amae, Thamee, Amah (Mother, Daughter, Sister),” focuses on the Myanmar military’s practice of using rape as a weapon of war in the states of Rakhine and Kachin. 

Myo Win will visit OU during the week of October  29, during which he will give a public talk, meet with students, participate in an interfaith conversation, and receive the award at a banquet in his honor.

  The banquet and award ceremony for this year’s Clyde Snow Social Justice Award will be on Thursday, November 1. Please see the attached invitation, which has information about the banquet and purchasing tickets ($25 per seat, and $200 for tables of 8, and a limited number of student seats for $15). If you expressed interest in attending the banquet, please use the contact information on the invitation to purchase your tickets.

myo win banquet

2018 Event Information

Tuesday, October 30, 7-9pm, Robert S. Kerr Auditorium, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

Screening of the new film “Amae, Thamee, Amah” (Mother, Daughter, Sister), followed by a discussion about the current situation in Myanmar with Myo Win and Seng Raw (Deputy General Secretary of the Kachin Alliance)

Wednesday, October 31, 7:30-9:30, Seminar Room, 9th Floor, Dale Hall Tower

An Interfaith Conversation with Myo Win

Thursday, November 1, 6-9pm, Community Room, 9th Floor, Dale Hall Tower

Banquet and Award Ceremony (ticketed event; see above)

2018 Clyde Snow Social Justice Award Recipient

Resources on crisis in Myanmar:

For more information on the situation in Myanmar see Amnesty International’s report on the sentencing of two Reuters journalists to jail, for their reporting work on the military’s crimes against the Rohingya: https://www.amnestyusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/uaa00418-1.pdf

For more information on the crimes committed by the military during the recent campaign: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/06/myanmar-military-top-brass-must-face-justice-for-crimes-against-humanity-targeting-rohingya/

For more information on the system of apartheid that exists for the Rohingya in Myanmar:  https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/11/myanmar-apartheid-in-rakhine-state/