The BBC’s 100 Women of 2021 have included Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng of Kachin State and Myanmar Democracy Activist Ein Soe May (name altered).
The sister knelt in front of the soldiers on February 28, when the peaceful protesters on the road near the Catholic Church at Aung Nan quarters, Myitkyina were beaten and arrested.
Also during the shootings of March 8, when the soldiers were massacring protesters on the road near the Catholic Church at Aung Nan quarters, she begged the junta soldiers not to shoot, to protect the civilians. During the massacre, Ko Zin Min Htet, a.k.a., Phoe Lone and U Ko Ko Lay, a.k.a., Cho Tar were shot in the head and killed.
Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng later spoke out against the cruelty and oppression on the people and famously said, “Don’t be afraid for the truth.”
The sister is also a nurse at a Catholic Church clinic and had previously taken care of COVID-19 patients.
Ein Soe May has been an activist since she was a student and she is an advocate of anti-dictatorship movements. After being detained in Insein prison for six months, she was released by pardon. It is said that she was mentally and physically tortured during her detainment.
The BBC’s 100 Women of 2021 include the youngest Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and other influential women in the fields of politics, education, health, journalism, science and literature.