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Women activists facing harassment by proponents of Dawei Special Economic Zone

Women activists facing harassment by proponents of Dawei Special Economic Zone

Press release by the Tavoyan Women’s Union February 25, 2015 English | Burmese The Tavoyan Women’s Union (TWU) is gravely concerned at increasing harassment and intimidation of women who have been raising concerns about the impacts of the Dawei Special Economic Zone [Read More]

‘If they had hope, they would speak’

‘If they had hope, they would speak’

The ongoing use of state sponsored sexual violence in Burma’s ethnic communities (Yangon, November 24, 2014) – Burma Army soldiers continue to engage in acts of sexual violence on a widespread scale, and women and human rights defenders in ethnic communities face [Read More]

Herstoric Women’s Forum Press Statement – WON + WLB @ Excel Treasure, Yangon.

Herstoric Women’s Forum Press Statement – WON + WLB @ Excel Treasure, Yangon.

Myanmar Women’s Forum Date – September 22, 2013 Yangon The first Myanmar Women’s Forum, jointly organized by the Women’s Organizations Network (WON) and the Women’s League of Burma (WLB), was successfully held in Excel Treasure Hotel, Bahan, Yangon from [Read More]

Time to End Sexual Violence in Burma

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Time to End Sexual Violence In Burma Posted on September 17, 2013 Photo: Reuters For too many people in Burma, the sound of gunfire and mortar bombs is a familiar one. For decades the Burmese army has relentlessly attacked civilians in Burma’s ethnic states. The United [Read More]

PWO: Update of human right violations by the Burma Army during offensives in Palaung areas (March and April 2013)

PWO: Update of human right violations by the Burma Army during offensives in Palaung areas (March and April 2013)

Statement of PWO and TSYO on Current Palaung Situation: English | Burmese Analysis on Current situation at Palaung areas: English | Burmese   The Burmese government must immediately end human rights violations, including violence against women, in Palaung areas [Read More]

Rape of 10 year old girl causes outrage

Rape of 10 year old girl causes outrage

HPRUSO—The rape of a 10-year-old girl in Hpruso, near Loikaw in Kayah State, has caused outrage and demonstrations in response to ongoing sexual violations in the district due to the close proximity of a military camp based nearby. Protestors have used this incident to [Read More]

Myanmar needs to admit rape of minority women

Originally appeared in: Bangkok Post   The Myanmar central government has consistently denied its soldiers have systematically used rape as a weapon of war against ethnic minorities. But according to numerous reports, despite recent political reforms, Myanmar’s [Read More]

Uphold Women’s Rights at 57th Commission on the Status of Women

As the 57th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women enters its second week, the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict calls on member states to conclude negotiations with a strong statement that will prioritize action to end violence [Read More]

Religious persecution, rape still evident in Kachin State

Originally appeared in : Mizzima   Sixty-six Christian churches have been burnt down in Kachin state since the conflict erupted in June 2011, according to the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT), a figure that is backed by Myitkyina-based Kachin Baptist [Read More]

International community must act to end atrocities by Thein Sein’s government

International community must act to end atrocities by Thein Sein’s government

 First use of airstrikes in twenty years brings fears of increased civilian fatalities and human rights abuses Chiang Mai, Thailand – The international community should act immediately to ensure that Thein Sein’s government stops military attacks and human rights [Read More]

Despite Ceasefire, Sexual Violence Continues in Shan State: Women’s Group

Originally appeared in: The Irrawaddy By Samantha Michaels/ The Irrawaddy For decades, mothers and daughters in Burma’s border areas have lived on high alert. While ethnic rebels in their homelands fought bloody wars with government troops, women of all ages were [Read More]

Govt troops still abuse villagers, says Shan NGO

Govt troops still abuse villagers, says Shan NGO

Originally appeared in:  Mizzima Burmese government troops are still committing a litany of human rights abuses in Shan State, according to Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN), a Thailand-based NGO which recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Burma. Speaking at [Read More]

Communities across Shan State vent frustration at ongoing abuses during peace process

Communities across Shan State vent frustration at ongoing abuses during peace process

Burmese | Shan | Thai Communities attending recent public meetings across Shan State vented frustration at ongoing abuses despite the fact that the new peace process has been underway for over a year. After co-hosting the “Trust Building for Peace Conference” in Rangoon [Read More]

Nobel Women’s Initiative condemns violent attack on Panzi Hospital’s Dr. Denis Muwkege

(Ottawa) – The Nobel Women’s Initiative is alarmed by a violent attack and assassination attempt on Doctor Denis Mukwege – renowned surgeon and director of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Panzi Hospital. According to a report from Physicians from Human [Read More]

Burma: The Current State of Women in Conflict Areas – A Shadow Report to the 22nd Session of CEDAW

Burma: The Current State of Women in Conflict Areas –  A Shadow Report to the 22nd Session of CEDAW

By: Women’s Organizations of Burma Shadow Report Writing Committee (Karen Women Organization, Karenni Women’s Organization, Shan Women’s Action Network, Burmese Women’s Union, and Tavoyan Women’s Union) Publication date: June 2000 English The [Read More]

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