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Democracy Day 2017: Personal Perspectives on Democracy in Myanmar

In commemoration of the 10th International Day of Democracy, the STEP Democracy Program partners organized a social media campaign and public discussion on the evolution of democracy in Myanmar. The event highlighted the work done by the partners of the STEP Democracy Program throughout Myanmar’s states, regions and remote areas.

In addition to celebrating the progress in democratic transition that Myanmar has already achieved, the event also gave over a hundred participants the opportunity to identify remaining challenges and work that must be done to build a more inclusive Myanmar, as expressed during the panel discussion and Q&A on “Democracy at the Local Level”.

Audience member asking a question to panel members during the Q&A period

Audience member asking a question to panel members during the Q&A period. (Photo: International IDEA)

Highlights of the discussion included:

  • – The importance of governmental transparency and accountability in democratic processes
  • – The need to encourage inclusive and participatory decision making in government
  • – Discussions on federalism, constitutional reform and the upcoming 2020 elections
  • – Techniques and methods to strengthen trust in government and democracy among the general population.

Social Media – International Day of Democracy 2017:

Social Media Campaign (August 25, 2017 – September 14, 2017): The event (September 14th) was preceded by a three-week social media campaign that reached over 35,000 people on the STEP Democracy Facebook page. The campaign posted relevant personal anecdotes and quotes from select local partners of STEP Democracy in English and Myanmar.

Profile of the Director-General of the Union Election Commission, U Tin Tun: 17,424 people reached, 238 reactions, 120 shares

Profile of the Director-General of the Union Election Commission, U Tin Tun: 17,424 people reached, 238 reactions, 120 shares . (Photo: International IDEA)

Photo and Video Booth at the Event (September 14th): The event also featured photo and video booths where participants and guests could take pictures and share video messages about their personal experiences with democracy. The STEP Democracy Page will continue to share a selection of these videos and pictures on our Facebook page.

The EU Ambassador to Myanmar  posing at one of the photo booths

The EU Ambassador to Myanmar posing at one of the photo booths . (Photo: International IDEA)

Facebook Post made by a participant using the hashtag: #DemocracyDay2017Myanmar

Facebook Post made by a participant using the hashtag: #DemocracyDay2017Myanmar. (Photo: International IDEA)