Women are at the forefront of a thriving nonviolent movement for democracy in Burma. They are showing courage in the face of a military regime which for more than 40 years has employed torture, rape, slavery, murder and mass imprisonment in order to silence dissent and maintain power.
We stand in solidarity with sister Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other brave women activists of Burma. To support them we work within the UN and ASEAN systems to call on the international community to put pressure on the Burmese military regime and to establish a Commission of Inquiry as a first step to hold the regime accountable for its actions. Our aim is to influence leaders to take action for peace and justice, and to promote women’s full participation in all processes.
In March 2010, we convened the first-ever International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma with our partner organization, the Women's League of Burma. The Tribunal was an opportunity to support women survivors of violence. The women of Burma, in turn, shared their stories with a global audience.
“What I want the world to know is – we are imprisoned in our country. I want the world to know this.”Testifier at the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma
“Please use your liberty to promote ours.”Aung San Suu Kyi