Myanmar is a country rich in diversity. Its people, its wildlife and its natural environment are diverse.
Paung Ku knows that this diversity is one of the main strengths of Myanmar; it is the many different ‘parts’ that contribute to the beauty and social harmony of the whole.
However the experiences of Paung Ku and its partners has shown that Myanmar’s human diversity and social harmony is threatened when individuals, or groups, judge certain groups of people as more important or more worthwhile than others.
This threat is made more dangerous when individuals, or groups, misuse their existing power to privilege certain groups above others; seek to gain more power by placing certain groups above others; and when they control access to resources and seek to control the behaviours, attitudes and beliefs of other people.
Judgements of worth, misuse of power and desire to control people and resources result in inequality and conflict at personal, community, and national levels.
Those who suffer most from this inequality and conflict are, invariably, those who are the least powerful and most marginalised members of our communities.
For more details, please download the Diversity Guideline.