Aung San Suu Kyi accepts role as UNAIDS Global AdvocateListen /
Nobel peace prize winner and Member of Parliament in Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has been appointed as a Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
In this new role, Aung San Suu Kyi will call on her fellow citizens and people around the world to eliminate stigma and discrimination.
She was quoted as saying it was "a great honour to be chosen as a champion for people who live on the fringes of society and struggle every day to maintain their dignity and basic human rights", adding that she "would like to be the voice of the voiceless".
A strong supporter of the AIDS movement, Aung San Suu Kyi has publically engaged with people living with HIV as part of her efforts to counter stigma and discrimination.
She accepted the invitation during a recent meeting with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé at her residence in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar's capital city.