No, 43 countries did not award Aung San Suu Kyi the title of ‘mother of the world’
Three photos have been shared thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and on blogs alongside a claim that Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has been recognised by 43 countries as “mother of the world”. The claim is false; the images show coins with Aung San Suu Kyi’s image created by a Burmese artist; as of August 2020, there was no international award for “mother of the world”.
The images were published here on Facebook on July 28, 2020. The post has been shared more than 3,300 times.
The post’s Burmese-language caption translates to English as: “Good news: 43 countries signed the recognition of Mother Suu as the mother of the world”.
“Delightfully sharing the good news that the title of ‘Mother of the World’ is signed by 43 countries. #When the love is true from the giver's side, the taker can feel it in their heart. Daw Aung Sann Suu Kyi.”
The post includes a photo of Aung San Suu Kyi alongside two images of a coin. One coin contains an image of her alongside an engraving in English that reads: “Mother of peace. Aung San Suu Kyi”. Suu Kyi's name can also be seen written in Burmese in purple ink.
The claim, however, is false.
A reverse image search on Google found the photos show a coin created by a Burmese artist. They were previously posted on this Facebook page for artist Aung Min on June 22, 2020.
The post’s caption states in part: “When the love is true from the giver's side, the taker can feel it in their heart. - Daw Aung San Suu Kyi”.
The artist also wrote in English:
MOTHER OF PEACE
19 JUNE 2020”.
Peacock, a popular iconography in Myanmar, is also used as a symbol of Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy.
Below are two sets of screenshot comparison of the images in the misleading post (L) and the pictures in Aung Min’s post (R):
The artworks were also published here July 29, 2019.
As of August 2020, there was no international award for “mother of the world”. A keyword search in both Burmese and English found no credible sources for the purported award.