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Peace and Reconciliation

In March 2010, WLB Presidium Board Member Thin Thin Aung (second from left) met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. © Nobel Women’s Initiative

The Peace and Reconciliation Program works in Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Burma. Program activities have expanded to include:

  • Negotiation workshops withceasefire groups, grassroots trainings and peacebuilding workshops for between 1,000-3,000 women and men per year
  • International Peace Day Activities in 26 different locations reaching over 3,000 people inside and outside Burma
  • A Peace Speaking Tour involving approximately 1,000 youth in Bangladesh and Thailand
  • Numerous publications calling for peace in Burma and an end to violence against women and gender inequality
  • Fifty-one yearly Peace Exchanges where women and men come together to discuss conflict and peacebuilding strategies in their communities

For more details about the history behind the program, visit here.

In 2012, WLB met head of Peace-Making Work Committee U Aung Min to discuss Burma’s peace process.

The effects of these activities are numerous and far-reaching. Over the past decade, WLB has seen a significant increase in the number of men that attend our trainings and there is a notable shift in the traditional perceptions of gender-roles and gender stereotypes in communities throughout Burma and on the Burma border. The program has also broadened their understanding of community and inner peace and the idea that peace at the national level must begin with peace at the grassroots.

There is evidence that men and women are beginning to understand and acknowledge the importance of women in the peace process and recognize the necessity of their involvement in order to achieve lasting peace in Burma.

Latest news

Recommendations from the Myanmar Women’s Forum

Posted on Oct 15th, 2013

Recommendations from the Myanmar Women’s Forum September 20-22, 2013 Yangon The Forum was a real success; we saw many women from diverse backgrounds joining, learning from and contributing to the forum thus building solidarity across multi-ethnic groups. At the same time, we had the chance to celebrate the International Day of Peace…

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Religious persecution, rape still evident in Kachin State

Posted on Feb 15th, 2013

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 Convention. Speaking at a seminar at Chiang Mai University on Friday,…

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Activist speaks about causes of Kachin conflict, prognosis for peace

Posted on Feb 11th, 2013

Originally appeared in: The Best Friend International Interview by Garrett Kostin, The Best Friend Library – Chiang Mai   Seng Zin is a Kachin activist and community organizer living in Chiang Mai. She is originally from Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, and works with the Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand (KWAT). She…

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Women's League of Burma held their first press conference in Yangon in December 2012.

Myanmar women’s group calls for more female MPs

Posted on Dec 24th, 2012

Originally appeared in: Myanmar Times By Ei Ei Toe Lwin Chaing Mai-based Women’s League of Burma has called for greater women’s participation in the peace process and politics. The group’s leaders said last week they want to see 30 percent of seats in parliament reserved for women. “We will encourage greater female…

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

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2012

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 vulnerable to human rights abuses, including rape and other sexual violence,…

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Ying Harn Fah (left) and Charm Tong (right) at SWAN press conference

Govt troops still abuse villagers, says Shan NGO

Posted on Dec 20th, 2012

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 a press conference in Chiang Mai on Wednesday, a SWAN spokesperson said…

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Responding to Karen Women Participation as provided in UNSCR 1325

Posted on Nov 28th, 2012

The first Karen Women Seminar was successfully held from 24th to 26th of November 2012. The meeting was attended by more than 40 Karen women who are working in a wide variety of fields including education, health, social work, emergency assistance, environment, human rights and women rights. During the seminar, we discussed United Nations…

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Kachin fighting hits IDP health

Posted on Nov 15th, 2012

Originally appeared in: IRIN MYITKYINA, 15 November 2012 (IRIN) - Cold weather, medicine stock-outs and lack of health workers - especially those trained in mental health care - are worrying the few local NGOs working with the hardest-to-access communities of displaced people in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State. Some 75,000 people have been…

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WLB calls for nationwide women’s convention

Posted on Jul 1st, 2012

Originally appeared in: Peace Women The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) told a Burmese government peacemaking delegation on Thursday in Bangkok that it wanted to hold a nationwide women’s convention to discuss peace and reforms and the role of women in development. WLB General-Secretary Tin Tin Nyo said a convention was needed to explore…

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WLB meets Peace Making Work Committee

WLB Delegation meets Burma’s Peace Making Work Committee in Bangkok

Posted on Jun 29th, 2012

On 28 June 2012, Women’s League of Burma delegation met with Burma’s Peace Making Work Committee led by the railway minister Aung Min. WLB was represented by General Secretary Tin Tin Nyo, presidium board members Nga Ngai and Thin Thin Aung and advisory board member Shirley Sang. They discussed measures that need to be undertaken in order to…

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Women Should be Part of Peace Process: Group

Posted on Jun 20th, 2012

Originally appeared in: The Irrawaddy By Nyein Nyein The Women’s League of Burma (WLB), a coalition of 13 women’s organizations representing Burma’s main ethnic groups, called on Wednesday for the inclusion of women in the country’s ongoing efforts to end decades of ethnic conflict. “Women’s participation at all levels of the…

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Over 17,000 people signed WLB's open letter urging for a public peace process

World Refugee Day (2012): Peace Signature Campaign

Posted on Jun 20th, 2012

Burmese| English Today, Women's League of Burma (WLB) marks World Refugee Day, calling for public participation to ensure a genuine and sustainable peace process in Burma and to release the press statement on WLB organized Peace Signature Campaign that was launched on February 2012. 17,063 people from Burma, mostly IDPs, refugees and…

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Peace Signature Campaign launch

Posted on Jun 18th, 2012

As part of the celebration of the World Refugee Day, Women's League of Burma will organise a press conference concerning the Peace Signature Campaign, which will take place on Wednesday, 20th of June 2012. The Peace Signature Campaign started on 14 February 2012. Now that the campaign period has ended and we would like to inform the media on…

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Women’s League of Burma says no to lifting sanctions

Posted on Apr 26th, 2012

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 calling for sanctions not to be lifted. Lifting sanctions too soon could undermine…

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Naw Sari Paw from Karen State burying her husband who was killed by Burma army soldiers while on his way to harvest crops

Bringing Justice to Women of Burma

Posted on Nov 6th, 2011

Year: 2012 Languages: Burmese, English Watch now Burmese English A short film highlighting continued systematic and widespread rape against women and girls in Burma, in particular in the areas of renewed military offensives in Kachin, Karen and Shan State after so-called democratic…

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WLB Peace Day 2010 postcard (English)

International Day of Peace (2010 campaign)

Posted on Sep 21st, 2010

Click here to download Click here to download Also in: Burmese (pdf) September 21, 2010 is International Day of Peace. In 2001, the nations of the world came together at the UN General Assembly and jointly agreed on Resolutions 55/282, marking September 21 as the International Day of Peace. Combined with the objective to strengthen…

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Peoples’ Tribunal on the Crimes against Women of Burma (Japan)

Posted on Jun 27th, 2010

Date: 27 June 2010 (Sunday) Time: 1 pm to 5 pm. Venue: Aoyama Gakuin University, Building No. (6), Shubuya 4‐4‐25, Tokyo, Japan (opposite of UN office)   In the reign of the Burmese military regime, the women of Burma have been suffering from various form of violation brutally committed by the regime until today. The women of…

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Nobel Laureates to Host International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2010

Language: English (pdf) On March 2, 2010, Nobel Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams will host the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma in New York City. This quasi-legal event will feature the compelling testimony—for the first time ever—of 12 women from Burma who have suffered rape, torture and other crimes at…

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WLB marks ten years of gender activism

Posted on Dec 9th, 2009

Language: Burmese…

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International Day of Peace campaign leaflet

International Day of Peace campaign (2009)

Posted on Sep 21st, 2009

Language: Burmese (pdf) Read about the history of International Day of Peace, and our peace activities. Our press release on this…

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It’s Time for the United Nations to Take Strong Action on Burma

Posted on Aug 7th, 2009

Women’s Groups around the World Call on the UNSC to Prosecute Senior General Than Shwe at the International Criminal Court Languages: Burmese (pdf) | English (pdf) The Women's League of Burma (WLB) joined by sixty four leading women’s organizations sent a letter to the Secretary General and members of the United Nations Security Council…

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Burmese women in exile honoured with Madeleine K. Albright Award

Posted on Dec 16th, 2008

Originally appeared on: Burma News International A US based organization promoting democracy gave the 4th annual Madeleine K. Albright Award to Burmese women for their efforts on promoting human rights and women's participation in political movements in Burma... New Delhi (Mizzima) - A US based organization promoting democracy gave the 4th…

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“Where is Burma?”

Posted on Mar 8th, 2005

Burma briefing, “Where is Burma?” Sponsored by International Peace Bureau and Worldview International…

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Women and Armed Conflict

Posted on Jun 30th, 2004

Panel presentation on "ORGANIZED VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN BY STATE AND NON-STATE ACTORS" & Booklaunch Room: A 107; 2 JUly 2004 ; 1:30 - 3:00 PM organized by Women's League of Burma ( WLB) in collaboration with the Australian National Committee on Refugees Women (ANCORW) & Forum Asia Speakers Tin Tin Nyo Burmese…

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Other events

Posted on Jan 18th, 2004

WLB representatives also spoke at the different workshops / panels organized by network partners.   Remedies for the Survivors-Victims of Violence Against Women under Armed Conflict Situations Organized by Asia - Japan Women's resource Center (AJWRC)   Women Human Rights Defenders Organized by Asia Pacific Forum on…

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