WSCF highlights Burmese women for International Women’s Day

March 2008


07/03/08

As a founding member of the Hong Kong-based Coalition to Free Burma, WSCF’s Asia-Pacific region has issued a statement to focus attention on the plight of women human rights activists in Burma for International Women’s Day.

The Coalition’s statement issued today, called for a recognition of the women activists who have been arrested or disappeared during the 2007 Burmese popular uprisings that saw tens to hundreds of thousands take to the streets to call for the economic, political, social and cultural rights of the Burmese people.

The statement quoted statistics from the Women's League of Burma and the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners, which identify that 19 women have disappeared in the Burmese government’s violent crackdown on the "Saffron revolution" thus far. In addition, 131 women (including 6 nuns) have been arrested as part of the government’s repression of peaceful protests in 2007 - by an armed paramilitary unit known as the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).

The Coalition to Free Burma has drawn attention to the situation of women under the brutality of the Burmese regime as the media shows violent dispersal and shooting of protesting monks and other sectors of the Burmese society. Pointing out that under such a repressive situation, women are not spared.

As part of the Coalition to Free Burma’s current solidarity and education activities, it will conduct an Interfaith Candlelight Vigil under the theme "Justice and Freedom for Women in Burma" on 9 March in downtown Hong Kong. The activity will be held in conjunction with the commemoration of the International Women's Day.

The WSCF Asia-Pacific region calls on WSCF movements around the globe to remember and pray for the women of Burma in their struggle for justice for the Burmese people and to investigate ways in which they can stand in solidarity with them as part of their commemorations of International Women’s Day this year.