This is StopTheB’s latest campaign. Myanmar, also known as Burma, is in South East Asia. It has a population of about 54 million, most of whom are Burmese speakers, and majority of the population are Buddhists. The biggest city is Yangon but the capital city is Nay Pyi Taw.
The country gained independence from Britain in 1948 but was ruled by the armed forces from 1962 until 2011, when a new government began ushering in a return to civilian rule. Myanmar enjoyed quasi democracy from 2011 till February 1st 2021. The country is now back in main stream news after military seized control on 1 February following a general election in which Ms Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party won by a landslide. The protests over the coup have been the largest since the so-called Saffron Revolution in 2007, when thousands of monks rose up against the military regime. Protesters include teachers, lawyers, students, bank officers and government workers. The military has imposed restrictions, including curfews and limits to gatherings and has declared a year-long state of emergency. More than 700 people have been killed since the first day of the coup.
#StopTheBMyanmar campaign brings to your notice the unheard voices of the Youth of Myanmar who’s voices and futures have been overlooked in this state of emergency. Further, StopTheB aims to explain and bring awareness on the fact that oppression can take place in many forms and not just a school environment. In this extreme case, the oppression in faced by civilians from their respective leaders just the same way school bullying and bullying that is faced by teenagers and children is also oppression and an infringement of children’s rights.
The #StopTheBMyanmar Campaign encourages youth to use their voice and stand up for the youth of Myanmar whom are suffering the consequences of the coup by signing the petition against the military dictatorship in Myanmar and asking the UNICEF to publicly condemn the coup in Myanmar so that the youth of Myanmar can have democracy again.
The ‘Make-good’ challenge giveaway was a global challenge launched on UNESCO’s World Anti Bullying day, in which StopTheB asked young people to reflect on a past situation in which they had intentionally or unintentionally been a bystander (or perhaps even a bully) in a situation where a fellow classmate or student was being bullied (whether physically, socially or online), and how the participant may correct the situation today, by admitting, sharing and supporting the victim through an apology or simple gesture. The winners of the competition were rewarded with contributions to their annual school fees.
The #activebystander giveaway competition encouraged people to share their artwork or videos about what being an ‘active bystander’ means to them, and we had creative entries from across the globe. The 3 winners were rewarded $500 each.
StopTheB encourages people to speak out and share their stories with us to help remove the negative stigma attached to speaking about being bullied. We have received so many brave individuals who have openly spoken about their experience in being a victim of bullying and how that affected them during that period in their life