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Kachin Women’s Association (Thailand): Gang-rape in church highlights impunity for sexual violence in Kachin conflict

18 May 2012 The gang-rape and prolonged torture of a woman in a church near the Kachin-China border town of Pang Wa in early May show the ongoing impunity for sexual violence enjoyed by the Burma Army. On May 1, 2012, a patrol of Burmese troops from two battalions  (Light [Read More]

Women’s League of Burma calls for Greater women’s participation in peace process

Women’s League of Burma calls for  Greater women’s participation in peace process

May 15, 2012   The Women’s League of Burma welcomes the inclusion of two women parliamentarians in the newly formed union level Peace Committee. However, the WLB urges U Thein Sein’s government to consider a much greater increase in women’s [Read More]

Rakhaing Women’s Union: On U Thein Sein’s second speech concerning the return of exiles

14 May 2012 Burmese Rakhaing Women welcome U Thein Sein’s call for Burma’s exiles to return home but urges to remember that fighting is still continuing in Kachin State. RWU calls for ceasefire in the whole of Burma. At the same time, Rakhaing Women Union emphasizes [Read More]

Burma’s Civil Society Calls for Transparency and Inclusiveness in Drafting of the National Human Rights Commission Enabling Law

May 10, 2012 Fifty-four civil society and community-based organizations and networks from Burma released a statement today welcoming recent efforts to establish the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) through an act of Parliament. The groups called for the [Read More]

Lahu Women’s Organization: Lahu women demand end to destructive platinum mining in Burma’s Shan State.

8 May 2012 Lahu women’s group is calling for an immediate end to destructive platinum mining operations in Eastern Shan State. In a new report “Grab for White Gold: Impacts of platinum mining in Eastern Shan State,” Lahu Women’s Organization (LWO) describes how [Read More]

Women’s League of Burma says no to lifting sanctions

Originally appeared on Nobel Women’s Initiative website The European Union suspended its sanctions against Burma on Monday for a year, followed closely by Canada, in response to widely praised political reforms in the country.  The Women’s League of Burma is [Read More]

In recognition of Karen Women Organisation Day, KWO calls for more women in the peace process

5 th of April, 2012 KWO Day is the commemoration of our work and the work of all Karen women. Karen Women Organisation (KWO) has provided leadership and services to the Karen community, particularly women and children for decades. This year we welcome the recent progress [Read More]

International Women’s Day 2011

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Standing up as female comedians in Burma

Standing up as female comedians in Burma

Originally appeared in Shan Women’s Action Network Newsletter (March 2012) #12   Just before the 2010 elections, the Women’s League of Burma (WLB) joined with comic artists “Thee Nyi Noung” to produce a highly successful comedy performance satirizing the [Read More]

Forgotten Workforce: Experiences of women migrants from Burma in Ruili, China

By: Burmese Women’s Union Publication date: 23 February 2012 The report exposes hardship of women migrants from Burma in China. Increasing numbers of Burmese women are toiling to support the booming economy of China’s border town of Ruili under exploitative [Read More]

Burmese Women’s Union new report “Forgotten Workforce” exposes hardship of Burmese migrant women in China’s border boom town

February 23, 2012 A new report by local researchers exposes how increasing numbers of Burmese women are toiling to support the booming economy of China’s border town of Ruili under exploitative conditions and no legal protection. Yunnan’s rapid growth has triggered a [Read More]

Open letter for peace

Open letter for peace

February 2012: People of Burma call upon U Thein Sein Government and Burma’s Army (Tatmadaw), all pro- democracy groups, resistance ethnic armed groups (both ceasefire + semi-ceasefire) all political alliances in exiles to honestly and sincerely work together towards [Read More]

Women’s League of Burma urges all parties to work together towards genuine and long-lasting peace in Burma

14 February 2012 PDF:Burmese | English   Women’s League of Burma (WLB) calls for U Thein Sein Government to implement a nation-wide ceasefire, which was announced officially in August 2011, and urges all parties to work together towards genuine and long-lasting peace [Read More]

Statement of Karen Women Organization’ Second Central Standing Committee Meeting of the 5th Congress

30th of January, 2012 The Karen Women Organization held its second Central Standing Committee’s meeting after the 5th congress from 26th to 28th January, 2012. 40 Representatives of 7 districts of Karen state, refugee camps, and special guests participated at the [Read More]

Letter to US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton: Demand an End to Sexual Violence against Women

BURMA: Demand an End to Sexual Violence against Women November 25, 2011 The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, D.C. 20520 Dear Madam Secretary, Thank you for your ongoing support to the women of Burma [Read More]

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