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Excerpt of speech given at CNC by Pi Kam Khan Dim

30 November 2013: Pi Kam Khan Dim gave a speech on behalf of Chin women during the opening ceremony of the Chin National Conference held in Hakha, Chin State on 12-15 November 2013.

Originally from Thuklai village in Tedim Township of Chin State, Pi Kam Khan Dim was a candidate of the National Democratic Front party (NDF) and contested in South Okkalapa of Rangoon Region during the 2010 General Election. She finished her LLB from the University of Rangoon in 1987, and now Pi Kam Khan Dim works as a barrister.

The following is an unofficial translation of an excerpt of her speech as published in Hakha dialect by the Hakha Post.

It is very important that the issue of Chin women today be taken seriously and discussed properly at this event where Chin representatives and leaders from various places come together to talk about the future of our people and land.

There is much to be done in order that the way in which the Chin see the status of Chin women and keep their attitudes toward them can become compatible with international standards. Although our traditional values and customary laws should be maintained, they have to be amended in line with the current trends of our generation.

In that regard, the Chin Lawyers Network was formed to work on Chin customary laws to bring them into conformity with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). [CG note: CEDAW is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it came into force on 3 September 1981. Burma acceded to the Convention on 22 July 1997.]

The government of Chin State and all the attendees of CNC today share the responsibility for changing and improving the lives of Chin women around you. More efforts need to be made and more work need to be done in order to start an organization that can represent and stand for Chin women as a whole.

Provided that it is successfully established, its purposes will inclde, among many others:
1. To improve women’s leadership, education and livelihood
2. To open vocational training schools and workshop programmes
3. To create a collaborative network between organizations inside and outside of the country
4. To enhance knowledge on political and national issues
5. To make recommendations to the parliament to adopt a 30% quota for women. #

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