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Statement regarding on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2023

1.  It has been 44 years since the adaptation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). However, due to increasing conflicts and challenges, the women and girls around the world including in Myanmar are greatly suffering discrimination based on gender including domestic violence, sexual abuses and harassment and other forms of discrimination in the workplaces and various fields.

2.  In order to halt such violence against women, it has underscored the need not only to strengthen laws and policies but also to corporate in all ways. The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw welcomes the 16 days of activism with the motto “Unite! Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women & Girls” for this year that will enhance the worldwide cooperation.

3.  After the Covid-19 pandemic and military coup, Myanmar women and girls are badly suffering threats and violence together with the destruction of freedom, rule of law and human rights due to unemployment and economic instability in the country. Moreover, according to the released persons from detainments, the detained women and girls due to opposing the illegal military coup have been suffering sexual assaults, tortures to painful injuries and inhumane-treatment by the security forces of military council in the interrogation centers, police stations and prisons. Women in the conflict areas are also suffering abuses, rapes, murdering after rapes, burning the body and destroying the evidences by the military junta’s troops.

4.  Since the coup, 5,097 women including 17 parliamentarians who have been bravely fighting for democracy and human rights have been detained by the unlawful military council and 871 women have lost their lives according to the record of the Ministry of Women, Youth and Children Affairs (NUG). Women and girls who have been forced to flee from their home due to the daily escalation of violence by the military council need special protection for their mental and physical security.

5.  Since the beginning of the coup, Myanmar’s women and girls are one of the critical forces in the Spring Revolution and they are still courageously resisting to the military coup as the CDMers, Fundraisers, soldiers and medical forces of the People Defense Forces (PDF), and those who are applying with technology and expertise in several fields. This is only for having no discrimination based on gender, however, promoting the rights of women participation and representation in political and administrative sectors in the processes of building Federal Democracy State is one of the visions of our revolutionary forces.

6.  On this Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw urges again the international community to increase effective measures on military junta for the immediate release of political prisoners including State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and detained women, for the implementation of justice and the end of impunity from the committed crimes against the civilian population of Myanmar including women, and for the immediate end of illegal military coup and atrocities.

7.  The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw will continue to cease the military dictatorship and at the same time, will implement to ensure gender-equality, minority rights and leave no one behind in accordance with international conventions and standards as well as will work together with revolutionary forces and political organizations who are the same common goals with us to strengthen the rights of women and girls, to promote women participation in the political transformation processes.

The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

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