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‘Key Address at the Beijing World Conference on Women’ – Aung San Suu Kyi

On the 31st August 1995, a video focused on women as a part of humanity was released by Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese opposition politician and a former General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. Aung San Suu Kyi emphasizes on the sufferings the Burmese people, especially on the women who are denied of security, human rights and democracy. She fights for peace and independence for the country of Burma because freedom is an aspect that every individual deserves.

At the beginning of her conference, Aung San Suu Kyi develops a strong connection with her audience through humour whilst implying that not all men are cowards as evident in the line, ‘the greatest concourse of women (joined by a few brave men!)’. The tone in which she delivers her message is extremely engaging as great confidence and determination is reflected which effectively gains the attention of her audience. Sympathetic emotions are evoked from the audience through the depiction of her personal experiences of just being released from six years of house arrest for fighting for the freedom of her homeland people.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s incredible dedication to fight for democracy cannot be denied as she compels the audience to uncontrollably admire her passion. Throughout her speech, the words ‘freedom’ and ‘suffering’ are constantly repeated. Aung San Suu Kyi demonstrates to her audience that where there is no freedom, there will always be suffering. Inclusive language unifies the audience as she speaks of her contributions in a modest manner by stating that she is only making a ‘small contribution’. This gives authority to the people as it encourages them to support her even further. Aung San Suu Kyi’s own political agenda is evident by criticising the Burmese Politicians by using the cliché ‘Often the other side of the coin of intolerance is insecurity’. She extends on this cliché further by explaining that...
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