Women, Children and Social Transformation in Myanmar
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This book explores the need for deep-seated social change in Myanmar if the country’s democratic transition and peace process is to deliver tangible benefits for those that have long faced profound vulnerability and marginalisation. Drawing on detailed case studies, it showcases a range of initiatives taking place in Myanmar aimed at strengthening women’s and children’s rights, improving education provision, and promoting respect for ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity, as well as the challenges these initiatives face, and the foundations still needed for a more equal and socially cohesive society. The timely and insightful analysis presented in this book is a key read for those interested in understanding the challenges facing Myanmar and other highly diverse, and divided, countries.
“Makiko attempts to introduce the readers with her investigation of the important issues of children and women in the ethnically and culturally diverse nation of Burma/Myanmar. Her introduction covers contributory roles by civil society in general and ethnic women’s organisations in particular for the case regions on rights-protection, equality-promotion, identity-relation and multilingual education as initiatives. It is my sincere wish that if we all get the book’s main essence and accept absolute reality of Burma’s multiple diversities as the nation’s very original setting, there will be no more exploitable divisions created along the lines of ethnicity, religion and languages, etc. Instead, ‘diversity’ will be a highly valued asset of the nation’s future. This book is therefore recommendable for a wider readership who are interested in understanding the need and potential of Burma’s ethnic populations—children and women.” (Nan Paw Gay, Editor-in-Chief, Karen Information Centre (KIC))