Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Will you join Dame Judi Dench and stand with the women of Burma?

Dear friend

Today is International Women's Day and we are asking you to stand with the women of Burma to end rape and sexual violence.

110 high profile women are backing the campaign, including Dame Judi Dench, Annie Lennox, Jo Brand, Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters and Zoƫ Wanamaker.
Stand with the women of Burma
They have signed a pledge to support practical action to end rape and sexual violence in Burma.

The Burmese army has used rape and sexual violence against women for decades as part of their warfare against ethnic minority groups in the country.

Cases of women and girls being raped by soldiers from the government's forces include the rape of a 12 year old girl in front of her mother, and of a disabled woman. Many of the victims were gang-raped, and many killed afterwards. Reports of rape by the Burmese Army have increased in recent years.

The pledge calls for:
  • An investigation into rape and sexual violence by the Burmese military against ethnic women and girls.
  • An end to impunity for rape and other forms of sexual violence in Burma.
  • Support for victims.
  • The inclusion of women at every political level in Burma including the peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the ethnic armed political groups.
  • Burma's Rape Law to be in line with international human rights standards to outlaw rape in marriage.
Will you join them in standing with the women of Burma?

Sign the pledge here and find out more information about the campaign here.
Thank you for your support.
Zoya Phan
Burma Campaign UK
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