Leadership, empowerment of women central to Asia-Pacific forum

The forum was funded by the government of the Netherlands.

Dozens of women from across the Asia-Pacific region are in Melbourne this week for high-level meetings to find out how Victoria deals with domestic violence and other issues affecting women.

The week-long Women's Action for Voice and Empowerment (WAVE) forum is hosting women from Cambodia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, East Timor and elsewhere, paid for by a $22 million grant from the government of the Netherlands.

Open letter to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi regarding plans by Norway’s SN Power to build the Middle Yeywa Dam on the Namtu River

To: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Foreign Minister, Naypyidaw

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On March 30, 2016, we published a report “Save the Namtu River” raising concerns about four planned dams on the Namtu/Myitnge River, including the 700 MW Middle Yeywa dam, planned by Norway’s state- owned SN Power in Nawng Khio township of northern Shan State.

Since publishing our report, we have obtained a promotional document summarizing SN Power’s pre- feasibility study for the Middle Yeywa dam, completed in June 2015 (see attached). SN Power is currently undertaking a feasibility study for the dam under an agreement with the former Ministry of Electric Power.

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Press Release: Question of access to justice for women and girls facing violence in Burma

27 April 2016
SWAN condemns the corrupted judicial system and the judge who accepted the recent lawsuit filed by the powerful Chinese businessman, U Kyan Yee Kane, in Muse. This businessman brutally attacked an 18 year old Shan girl, who was previously sexually assaulted by his son-in-law. SWAN calls for a full, comprehensive investigation of the case. SWAN also urges the new government to invest in efforts to fully restore the rule of law in Burma to ensure justice for victims of crime.

On the 6th of November, 2014 ( full moon day of Tazaunghmone), the 17-year old Shan girl, a cook for Xin Hua Company in Mandalay, was sexually assaulted by Maung Hla Sein, alias Kin Min Jee (age 24; ID No. 13/kahana (N) 016747) at Shwe Phyu Guesthouse in Shwe Bo. Maung Hla Sein was the person in charge of the Xin Hua Company branch at this time. After the assault, Maung Hla Sein promised that he would marry the girl. The girl stayed with him for 3 months. When she got pregnant, he drugged her, causing her unborn child to be aborted without her consent. Afterward, he told her to go home and wait for him, promising that he would marry her within 2 months.