Monday, February 2, 2015

Woman Of The Week | Aung San Suu Kyi | 54 St James Street

Woman of the Week is back! Each Monday we will be posting a blog about one of our great historic women;

Each room at 54 St James Street has been carefully named after an inspiring woman who made her mark in history. The Women's Organisation want to introduce you to some of these amazing women so you can see why they have been recognised at the Women's International Centre for Economic Development (WICED)

This week, we want to look at Aung San Suu Kyi, and the incredible work she has done for Burma. 
Aung San Suu Kyi
(Born 19th June 1945)



Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19th 1945, daughter of Burma’s independence hero, Aung San who was assassinated when she was only two years old.


Aung San Suu Kyi studied at Oxford University before returning to Burma in 1988, only to find widespread slaughter of protestors rallying against the brutal rule of dictator U Ne Win. She spoke out against him an initiated a non-violent movement towards achieving democracy and human rights.

In 1989, the government placed Suu Kyi under house arrest, and she spent 15 of the next 21 years in custody. Though the Union military told Suu Kyi that if she agreed to leave the country, they would free her, she refused to do so, insisting that her struggle would continue until her country was released to a civilian government and political prisoners were freed.


Aung San Suu Kyi has won numerous international awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Sakharov Prize from the European Parliament and the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has called on people around the world to join the struggle for freedom in Burma, saying ‘Please use your liberty to promote ours.’

54 St James Street is a development of The Women’s Organisation which works for women’s economic progress. The Women’s Organisation has been a non-profit distributing company since 1996 (formerly known as Train 2000). By using the fabulous facilities available at 54 St James Street not only will you be assured of a successful event but you will contribute to the valuable work delivered through The Women’s Organisation.

The San Suu Kyi is one of our smaller meeting rooms. These are stylishly and comfortably designed to facilitate meetings of between 2 and 6 people. These rooms also benefit from natural light, heating and cooling system which can be controlled from inside the room.  Free WiFi connectivity is available.

To find out more about our San Suu Kyi Room and all of our other suites and rooms, contact us on venue@thewo.org.uk or visit our website here



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