Myanmar’s feminist bootcamp graduate elected to state parliament

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A women's exchange run by Shan Women's Action Network. Photo: Shan Women's Action Network

According to Myanmar’s constitution, many positions of power are described as “naturally suitable for men only”.

If you’re a woman living in Myanmar, you’re a second class citizen.

If you’re a woman living in one of Myanmar’s 135 ethnic communities, the situation is even worse. Horrifically, our partners report that ethnic women are frequently subjected to rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war.


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March 8, 2016

110 high profile women, including Dame Judi Dench, Annie Lennox, Jo Brand, Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters and Zoë Wanamaker, are standing with the women of Burma to end rape and sexual violence. In the pledge the high profile women, who also include activists and politicians, have vowed to support:

  • An investigation into rape and sexual violence by the Burmese military against ethnic women and girls.
  • An end to impunity for rape and other forms of sexual violence in Burma.
  • Support for victims.
  • The inclusion of women at every political level in Burma including the peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the ethnic armed political groups.
  • Burma’s Rape Law to be in line with international human rights standards to outlaw rape in marriage

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Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

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- Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry -

- SWAN’s spoke person Ying Harn Fha was interviewed by DVB about current political situation in Shan State’s Burma. -

Shan Community Groups Call on United States to Pressure Burma Government to Halt Military Attacks in Shan State -

- ရှမ်းမြောက်တွင် ထိုးစစ်ရပ်ရေး ကန်နိုင်ငံခြားရေးဝန်ကြီးက အစိုးရအား တိုက်တွန်းရန် ရှမ်းအဖွဲ့အစည်းများ တောင်းဆို - Mizzzima

- အမေရိကန်နိုင်ငံခြားရေးဝန်ကြီး ဂျွန်ကယ်ရီထံသို့ အိတ်ဖွင့်ပေးစာ -

- မြန်မာအစိုးရနဲ့ စစ်ရေးပူးပေါင်းမှု မလုပ်ဖို့ ဂျွန်ကယ်ရီကို အိတ်ဖွင့်ပေးစာပေးပို့ -

- ရှမ်း လူမှုအခြေပြုအဖွဲ့စည်းများ ဂျွန်ကယ်ရီထံ အိတ်ဖွင့်စာပေး -

- မြန်မာနှင့်စစ်ရေး မပူးပေါင်းရန် ဂျွန်ကယ်ရီကို တောင်းဆို - DVB

ကယ်ရီ့ကို ရှမ်းအဖွဲ့တွေ အိတ်ဖွင့်စာ ပို့ - BBC