History has demonstrated that Myanmar women have always been involved in regime change. From the independence struggle against the British to the current Spring Revolution against the military junta, women have shown no shortage of courage and contributed to our country’s political and social changes. Today, women account for more than 50 percent of the 55 million population, and that only means that women are picking up arms in liberated areas, having their say in pro-democracy administrative bodies, providing aid to those in need or simply supporting the revolution in any meaningful way.
One of the protest chants we heard in February 2021 was to dismantle outdated ideologies and to rebuild a more harmonious and inclusive society where humans are respected and their rights and freedoms are cherished and valued regardless of gender, race, religion, or origin. It has been nearly three years that this new mentality has been seeping into our society. How far have we come as we revolutionize our minds while we fight against the military regime?
In this special story, Mohinga Matters talked to nine women from all walks of life, including a renowned author, a journalist, frontline protesters, activists, and individuals who have been supporting the revolution to discuss their roles in this revolution, if the society’s perspective has changed or what is yet to be done for a more balanced society for women and a better Myanmar.
This special report can be read here: Download