The draft bill has this week been sent to the Office of the Attorney General for ratification, before it is in turn passed on to the Union parliament for deliberation.
Rohingya Muslims say Burmese soldiers raped or sexually assaulted dozens of women during the biggest upsurge in violence against the group in four years.
A newly formed group aims to gather information about rampant sexual harassment in order to get the government to take the problem more seriously.
Representatives of the United Nations Population Fund speak to DVB about efforts to address gender-based violence in Burma.
Statistics revealing the high rate of rape in Rangoon come as Burma’s record on protecting the rights of women is set to come under scrutiny by the United Nations.
As war continues in Burma’s border areas, calls grow to end attacks on women.