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About the campaign

In support of

  • Lanna Action for Burma

Reports about Rape as War Crime

  • “Catwalk to the Barraks” (Mon State, 2005)
  • “Licence to rape” (Shan State, 2002)
  • “Shattering Silences” (Karen State, 2004)
  • Position Paper Prepared by the Women’s League of Burma

Ressources about Burma

  • ALTSEAN-Burma
  • Amnesty International
  • Assistance Association for Political Prisonners (Burma) AAPP
  • Burma Campaign (UK)
  • Burmese Monks Association
  • Canadian Friends of Burma
  • Democratic Voices of Burma
  • Earthrights International
  • Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme (FIDH)
  • Human Rights Watch
  • National Coalition Government of Union of Burma (NCGUB)
  • Online Burma Library
  • Rights & Democracy: Burma
  • The Irrawady Magazine
  • US Campaign for Burma
  • Women of Burma

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PRESS Release - Feminism in Burma

Burma sees itself as one of the most progressive countries in South-East Asia when it comes to social rights and gender equality. However, a closer look taken at the way of life and the woman’s role in Burmese society shows a different reality.

Even though Burma is known for its ancient matriarchal society in which women had the right to own property and even to decide upon their reproductive rights, present-day society has decreased the importance of women and has categorized them as second-class citizens. Due to the deteriorating economic system in the country Burmese women have seen their opportunities for education, work and family life being taken away from them.

With each passing day access to equal rights is being restricted for the women in Burma and the number of feminism groups is rapidly decreasing due to violent, hateful campaigns towards women who dare to ask for equal treatment. Even the Burmese constitution states that some jobs, including government positions are only available for men because they are naturally suited and more efficient than their opposite gender.

A recent report has seen the feminist groups losing serious ground in the battle to obtain access to sexual education for women. As the report shows, only a small number of women from this country have been informed about sexual reproduction, the use of contraceptives and the importance of reproductive rights. As a result, many more individuals are prone to sexual transmitted diseases as well as to HIV, AIDS and hepatitis.

The current situation of Burmese women is tragic and it seems that feminist groups in this country are looking at even worse scenarios expected to take place in the near future. Many women in Burma are constantly in danger of being raped, tortured, enslaved and even murdered by their own countrymen.