BBC names Myanmar sister in top 100 most inspiring women

Sr Ann Rose Nu Tawng begs police not to shoot protesters (EWTN)

Among the Nobel laureates, politicians and professors honoured by the BBC as among the 100 most influential and inspiring women of the year is a Catholic religious sister from rural Myanmar. Source: Crux.

The photo of Sr Ann Rose Nu Tawng on the BBC website shows the nun wearing the simple white habit and veil of the Sisters of St Francis Xavier. She looks proudly into the camera, her lips pursed in a half smile.

But a different photo drew worldwide attention and became a symbol of Myanmar’s virulent nationwide protests against the military takeover when Sr Tawng knelt in front of armed security forces to halt their pursuit of fleeing demonstrators.

The photos and video of the 45-year-old nun on her knees pleading with police, went viral in March. She reportedly told security forces that day: “You’ll have to come through me. Shoot me instead of these young people.”

The BBC’s description reads: “Sr Ann Rose Nu Tawng has openly spoken of protecting civilians, especially children. She has trained as a midwife and has led a life of service for the past 20 years, recently looking after COVID-19 patients in Myanmar’s Kachin state.”

The BBC names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year. This year, half of the women on the list were from Afghanistan.

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BBC names Myanmar nun to list of 100 most influential, inspiring women (CNS via Crux

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