Gender


Chris Lewa, the founder and director of the Arakan Project, was in Geneva this week to as Burma’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) came under review for the first time since 2008. DVB spoke with her on Wednesday to learn more about the review, and about her work with the Arakan Project, which focuses on improving the human rights situation of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority living mainly in Arakan State.

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In a hugely positive step forward for women’s rights and reproductive health this week, it was announced that free long-acting reversible contraceptives are to be made available through the public health system.

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The Karen National Union is creating job opportunities for Kayin women whose lives have been uprooted by fighting between the KNU and the Tatmadaw, according to central liaison officer Major Saw Shee Sho.

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Women’s groups from Burma are pushing for a 30 percent quota of female representatives at the upcoming peace talks. The renewed call for a minimum quota to be legislated was made at the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) review in Geneva, which kicked off on 4 July.

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The government is to defend a package of four controversial “protection of race and religion” laws at a key UN meeting on discrimination against women in Myanmar being held in Geneva tomorrow.

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Three NGO groups have spoken up in a UN forum on issues of discrimination and rights of women in Myanmar. The following is the oral statement by Amnesty International, the Women Peace Network-Arakan and The Arakan Project in light of the review of Myanmar’s fourth and fifth combined report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women:

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A conference on women’s peace process priorities was held in Naypyidaw this week to generate recommendations for a civil society forum to be held in tandem with Burma’s upcoming Union Peace Conference.

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Daw Nyou Nyou San knows how to be self-reliant. When her husband died, she took over the management of their farm in northern Shan State, tending plots of corn, sugar and rice on her own. It was tough, but so is Nyou Nyou San.

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The Rangoon division government has forced the cancellation of a press conference organized for Monday by the Ta’ang Women’s Organization (TWO) for the launch of a report on human rights abuses by the Burma Army in northern Shan State, according to the TWO.

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The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) called on the Burma Army to stop offensives and military expansion in ethnic areas before holding the 21st Century Panglong Conference in a 16 June statement.

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At the end of a day learning about sex, Dr Ne Win’s students show how they feel by placing stickers on a daily “mood meter”.

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Over the past six months, several alleged child rapists have avoided jail time by compensating victims in Tenasserim Division’s Dawei Township, according to women’s rights advocates.

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Van Biak had only been away from her family in Leilet, Chin State, for two weeks, but her mother was in tears as they embraced on the veranda.

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During a power blackout on a hot night in May, Thidar Han heard a baby crying at around 9 pm in back lane of Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, where she works as a ward administrator.

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Women’s rights activists urged legislators to enact a gender quota system to increase women’s representation in political leadership at a panel discussion in Naypyidaw on Saturday.

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PP* was waiting for her friends in the busy city of Mandalay on a hot, humid evening in July 2013, when she was snatched from behind by plainclothes police officers and bundled into an unmarked vehicle.

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Men who want to be women are increasingly in the news in Myanmar but they face many challenges and a formidable legal barrier.

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The Swedish government says women in Burma can count on its support in furthering gender equality and protecting them from violence over the next four years.

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Two weeks ago, three Arakanese women from Kyaukphyu Township in northern Arakan met in an unlikely place: Shweli, a Chinese town also known as Ruili, on the border with Burma.

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Photographer Shin Myint Mo lives in Kengtung in eastern Shan State, part of the notorious Golden Triangle region where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet and traders from China once paid in gold for opium and its derivative, heroin. Of Shan and Karen ancestry, Shin Myint Mo holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and works for a local NGO that promotes women and children’s rights.

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