Women fighting on Myanmar’s front lines: ‘I can’t stand the military’s injustice’

Young women are playing a vital role in a revolution that has put the country’s military dictators on the defensive

An 18-year-old recruit in one of Myanmar’s pro-democracy fighting units prepares to launch a drone strike on junta troops, driven by anger and her mother’s call for revolution.

Moe Moe is one of hundreds of women training, living and fighting alongside men in the country’s People's Defence Force (PDF), upending gender norms in the mostly Buddhist country.

She grew up during a rare period of democracy in Myanmar and, after the military ended it with a 2021 coup, joined one of the dozens of PDF units that formed to end the junta’s rule.

Moe Moe initially worked with a group organising protests against the military but, after months of the junta’s deadly crackdowns, decided to become a fighter.

“I can’t stand the military’s injustice,” she said after carrying out the drone strike in Shan State. “They killed innocent civilians. . .

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