Les chemins de la liberté
The Roads to Freedom
After fifty years of isolation under the rule of an oppressive military regime, Burma is finally opening up in a wave of euphoria. Despite the recent landslide victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party in the country’s first free election, the situation remains explosive. In a country torn by deep ethnic divide and prolonged armed conflicts, women are taking the lead to pave the road to peace, freedom and democracy. These include a laureate of the « Asian Nobel Peace Prize », a visionary social entrepreneur, a feminist buddhist nun, and even an ecologist princess (a descendant of the last King of Burma). A number of men support them on their long march to freedom. Moved by their stories, Brieu set out to gain some insights into the reality of Burma today through the incisive visions and the positive actions of its women. The book is divided into three parts. Each part opens up with inspiring quotations promoting the voices of change-makers from different ethnic and religious backgrounds advocating for change, resistance and peace.
When she is not on assignment, Sylvie Brieu loves to share her field experience with school children, students and audiences from different cultural backgrounds in Europe, South America, North America, South-East Asia etc.
Her childhood passion influenced her destiny. Born in southern France, she was exposed to different cultural backgrounds and ways of thinking at a very young age. She developed a passion for the beauty of cultural diversity. At nine years old, her dream was already to explore the world and to fight for social justice. At primary school, she authored two plays and acted in them with her fellows.
Her love for intercultural dialogue led her to study six languages (English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Burmese) ... and Maya Hieroglyphics writing.
Today she gives workshops, speeches and teaches seminars. Her audiences have included primary schools, high schools, INSA-Bourges, Oxford university, UNESCO, National Geographic Society, Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
UNESCO has granted its patronage to « When our voices rise - diversity, dialogue, solidarity » - her long-term multimedia and educational project with inspirational Native women and men change-makers worldwide.