Ei Thinzar Maung (Burmese: အိသဉ္ဇာမောင်, born 11 September 1994) is a Burmese activist and politician. She is the incumbent Deputy Minister of Women, Youths and Children Affairs of the National Unity Government.

Ei Thinzar Maung
အိသဉ္ဇာမောင်
in 2022
Deputy Minister of Women, Youths and Children Affairs of the National Unity Government
Assumed office
16 April 2021
PresidentWin Myint
MinisterNaw Susanna Hla Hla Soe
Vice PresidentDuwa Lashi La
Personal details
Born (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 (age 29)
Burma
Political partyDPNS
Alma materMandalay University
OccupationActivist, politician

She has appeared on the Time 100 for 2021, along with Esther Ze Naw.[1] [2]

Early life and career

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Ei Thinzar Maung was born on 11 September 1994. She obtained a Diploma of Foreign Language at Mandalay University.[3]

Political career

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She has been an activist since 2012, focusing on minority issues and joined the All Burma Federation of Student Unions.[4]

On March 6, 2015, she was arrested by police during a protest to amend the 2014 Myanmar Education Law in Letpadan. In the same day, she was released. She was re-arrested on March 10, and was imprisoned in Thayawaddy Prison. She released in 2016, the same year she chaired the 2016 Student General Assembly. She later served as the President of the Student Union of Yadanabon University.[4]

She contested for Pabedan Township under the banner of the Democratic Party for a New Society (DPNS) at the 2020 election[4] but was not elected.[5] She was among the first to lead anti-coup protests in Yangon five days after the military coup in February 2021.[6][7]

Awards

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In 2022, Maung received the International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State.[8]

References

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  1. ^ "တိုင်းမ်ရဲ့ ကမ္ဘာ့သြဇာအရှိဆုံးစာရင်းထဲက မြန်မာ ၃ ဦး အကြောင်း". BBC News မြန်မာ (in Burmese). Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Three Myanmar women among 'most influential' of 2021: Time | Coconuts Yangon". Coconuts. 16 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Political Prisoner Profile — Ei Thinzar Maung" (PDF). 13 August 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Rival Candidates Spell Out Goals, Dreams as Myanmar Election Nears". 2 October 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  5. ^ "လွှတ်တော်ထဲ မရောက်ပေမယ့် ပြင်ပကနေ ပံ့ပိုးတဲ့ အလုပ်တွေ လုပ်သွားမယ်". 9 November 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Myanmar garment workers stand for 'women martyrs' of democracy protests". 9 March 2021. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Fearless". 5 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  8. ^ "2022 International Women of Courage Award". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 22 May 2022.