The story of a three-year-old in Sagaing Division sheds light on a long-hushed issue in Burma: child rape, reports of which have risen 40 percent this year.
“When I saw my children’s faces it was very difficult. I decided that getting beaten up every night is just one thing [compared to leaving my children].”
Burma’s progress in achieving gender equality was under the spotlight in Naypyidaw on Friday during a review of the country’s National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women.
Recent revelations about severe abuses inflicted on two young housemaids have highlighted the need for better protection of the rights of girls and women.
Naw Aye Aye Hlaing of the Rangoon-based NGO Women Can Do It Myanmar discusses the need for changes in women’s roles in Burmese society.
Supporters of a woman who suffered a horrific acid attack in Mon State three months ago gathered in Rangoon today to call for justice and an end to gender-based violence.