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Leadership in Action: Empowering Young Leaders in the Wake of Myanmar’s 2021 Coup

It has been one year since the February 1 coup in Myanmar, where democratically elected members of the country’s ruling party were deposed by the Tatmadaw military dictatorship. Using his training in the McCain Institute’s Leadership Programs, Zaw Tu Hkawng is empowering young leaders and teaching character-driven leadership to citizens from armed-conflict zones.

“Since the beginning of the year, I have been empowering and imparting future generation leaders from armed-conflict zones in Myanmar’s northern region through character-driven-leadership development,” said Zaw. “They are members of Generation Z, the generation that launched our country’s Spring Revolution and is still battling for democracy, justice and equality.”

Zaw continues to stand up for democracy, justice and equality during the political crisis in Myanmar.

“I often wonder what I would be doing if I had never been exposed to character-driven leadership during these trying times. Because of the training and understanding that you have influenced, I am still on the ground aiding many internally displaced children, developing future generation leaders, and providing advice to political leaders,” Zaw added.

The McCain Institute so proud of Zaw and the inspiring work he is doing in his home country.

To learn more about the McCain Institute’s Leadership Programs, visit this page.

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Publish Date
February 2, 2022