By Claire Zillman
November 7, 2016

Myanmar, the world’s youngest democracy, is led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but the business community there is run almost entirely by men. One exception is Win Win Tint, the founder and CEO of City Mart Holding, a family-owned grocery store with more than 150 locations that she took over in 1996.

The nation’s largest supermarket chain reported $200 million in sales last year and she wants to reach the $1 billion mark by 2020. “We are not that close,” Tint says, “I believe that if the political situation will be right, then that is achievable.”

Tint’s target could become even harder to reach if more international business moves into the nation that was, until 2011, ruled by an oppressive military junta. But she’s positioned herself to attract and maintain the best talent as the market grows more competitive by providing perks like paid maternity leave. That benefit is especially notable, considering the company recorded a staggering 300 births among its female employees last year. But Tint has a refreshing, matter-of-fact perspective on the issue: “That’s nature and we have to just make it work. Have the system to make it work.”

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EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA

Brexit (still) means Brexit
In her first comments since the ruling last week that added a parliamentary vote to the Brexit process, PM Theresa May said in an op-ed Sunday that the court decision—which the government plans to appeal—will not undo or change the outcome of the June vote. “The government will get on with the job of delivering the decision of the British people,” she wrote.
Bloomberg
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Speaking out
Author Leïla Slimani, who last week won France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt for her novel Chanson Douce (Sweet Song), is now speaking out against the “medieval laws” in her native Morocco, where two teenage girls were recently arrested after being caught kissing. “The humiliation of citizens, the way they are kept down, encourages a political system based on disdain, humiliation and the abuse of power,” she said.
Agence France-Presse
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Skating past stereotypes
Egypt’s all-women roller derby team, founded in 2012, gives its members a chance to break free from the conservative society’s expectations that women wear loose clothing, walk slowly, talk softly, and generally attract little attention. Next year, the 20-person team hopes to participate in its first international competition.
NPR

 


THE AMERICAS

Never mind
FBI Director James Comey said yesterday that despite the political drama he stirred up nine days ago, his agency stands by its earlier decision to not bring charges in its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The announcement lifts some of the black clouds hanging over the Clinton campaign two days before Election Day.
Politico
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“It really does get into your head.”
Teenage girls are too young to vote, but plenty old enough to be influenced. A New York Times poll of 14- to 17-year-old girls at two high schools—one in a liberal city, the other in a conservative rural county—found that almost a quarter of respondents said Hillary Clinton’s candidacy made them more likely to seek positions of leadership while nearly half said Donald Trump’s comments about women have affected the way they think about their bodies.
New York Times
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Department of Chromeland Security
Parisa Tabriz is head of Chrome security for Google, and her team’s new approach—naming and shaming websites that don’t use strong encryption with a “not secure” label—could change the standard for security online.
Wired

ASIA-PACIFIC

Closer to the top
Prosecutors in South Korea arrested two former presidential aides yesterday as part of their investigation into the bizarre influence-peddling scandal that’s engulfed the nation. The arrests show that the probe is inching closer to President Park Geun-hye.
Japan Today

IN BRIEF

Meet the woman who spends 260 days a year preaching the U.S. Constitution
Washington Post
Zadie Smith: What Beyonce taught me
Guardian
A hijab-wearing Muslim is now one of the faces of CoverGirl
CNN
Melania Trump worked in the U.S. without legal permission
Fortune
Kenya’s Mary Keitany won her third straight New York City marathon
Time
The first lady of Nicaragua is elected its vice president
Associated Press

PARTING WORDS

"It's shameless to discuss women's bodies just to sell papers."
- --Model Cara Delevingne, commenting on a 'Sun' report that said she was rejected from the Victoria's Secret fashion show for being too 'bloated.'

 

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