Monday, July 4, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi - Guardian's Top 100 Women - Politics

The Burmese pro-democracy leader who has inspired the world with her non-violent resistance to a brutal dictatorship

by Sarah Brown

Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Burma, November 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi. Photograph: Getty Images

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for me embodies one of life's most important lessons; you don't need to be fierce to be strong.

Throughout decades of humiliation, a long imprisonment and searing severance from her husband and children, the woman the Burmese affectionately call "Daw Suu" an honorific title given to revered women, has inspired the world with her campaign of non-violent resistance to one of the most brutal dictatorships the world has known. The courage to face down the military regime has come from her belief that, in the end, no junta is stronger than a people's yearning to be free.

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