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February 28, 2020

Draft of Myanmar national prevention of violence against women law to be submitted to Hluttaw in April or May

A draft of Myanmar’s national prevention of violence against women law will be submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw (lower house) in April or May this year, according to an organizing body. Daw Myint Swe, leader of the Violence against Women Working Group, of the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation (MWAF), said the main aim of the law is to promote the elimination of violence against women.
“The law covers a total of 20 chapters such as prevention of all forms of violence, tough penalties and rights to inheritance,” said Daw May Sabei Phyu of the Gender Equity Network (GEN), who called on the policymakers to include provisions on marital rape and other forms of partner abuse.
Since 2013, the law has been drafted by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in cooperation with UN Gender Theme Group, the GEN, the MWAF and other organizations.
According to the GEN’s research paper released on Monday, a majority of Myanmar women experience some forms of both physical and psychological violence from their partners. It is found that a number of those victims have to financially rely a lot on their spouses.
“This study can help the policymakers in drawing up the evidence-based policies in the country,” said Daw May Sabei Phyu, adding that continued efforts will be made to make ensure that officials concerned thoroughly understand these suggestions.
She said the organization will disseminate the law to the public when it comes out. —GNLM


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