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Education for Women and Girls - Burma

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Title: Education for Women & Girls (chapter from "Gathering Strength")
Date of publication: January 2002
Description/subject: "Education is a prerequisite to improved standards of living for all citizens o f Burma and particularly for improving the status of women. It is intrinsic to strong economic development of the country. The UNDP Human Development Index rates Burma 121st among 174 countries.3 The failure of the government over decades to provide opportunities for development has created a human resource problem that promises to burgeon with time. With the “brain drain” of older educated people who have left the country over the past four decades, and the dearth of learning opportunities for younger generations, Burma today lacks, and in the future will continue to lack, educated, skilled people prepared to tackle and solve its developmental problems"...
Author/creator: Brenda Belak
Language: English
Source/publisher: Images Asia
Format/size: pdf (167K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Gathering_Strength.htm (whole book)
Date of entry/update: 25 September 2014

Individual Documents

Title: Lway Chee Sangar: Reclaiming Rights After a Childhood of Labor, Hardship, and Conflict
Description/subject: "“We had never heard about human rights in the village,” Lway Chee Sangar tells me at the Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) office in Mae Sot, Thailand. Sangar is 23 years old. The ethnic nationality group to which she belongs, called the Palaung or Ta’ang, has been caught in an armed struggle for self-determination against the brutal Burmese regime for the better part of the past five decades. Sangar began working with the PWO about three years ago when her parents, desperate to give her an opportunity to improve her life, sent her from their tiny, remote village in the northern Shan State of Burma to the PWO’s former training center in China. It took her a combined six months of training at the PWO to begin to grasp the idea that all humans have rights. Sangar’s story is speckled with brushes with conflict, starting from her birth. She was born on the run, when her parents had to flee their village due to an outbreak of fighting nearby. Today, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the armed wing of the Palaung State Liberation Front, is fighting off Burmese offensives and combatting opium cultivation in Palaung areas, according to their statement. Civilians are often caught in the cross-fire. Burmese forces have been known to use brutal tactics against civilians in conflict areas, including deadly forced portering and forced labor, torture, killing, and extortion of money, supplies, and drugs."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Burma Link
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2016