Advocates explain how progress in women’s rights has reversed in Myanmar

Women specialising in law, rights, and environmental justice told Myanmar Now how military rule has deepened the disadvantages facing women in Myanmar and called for international support

Note: The names of our sources have been changed to protect their security. 

As March 8 is celebrated around the world as International Women’s Day, for millions of women in Myanmar it will be yet another day of insecurity, indignity, and infringement of their rights. 

The problems facing Myanmar women have multiplied under the dictatorship that seized power in 2021 and the conflict that has consumed the country since the military cracked down on nonviolent opposition to its rule. 

According to the monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), women as well as children and people of diverse sexual orientation have faced a rise in sexual violence and abuse, especially by junta soldiers, police, prison authorities, and other regime affiliates. 

“Some people were tortured severely, leading to death, while the surviving victims and their family members have suffered. . .

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