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Legislative Measures on Domestic Violence against Women in Myanmar
- As Myanmar is multi-ethnic country, every ethnic has social custom and traditional culture for women. In tracing the Myanmar tradition, men hold the higher status than women as the heads of family and decision-makers for both financial and social affairs. As the custom, Myanmar married women are used to be housewife to do the house work and to nurture the children. They face the intimate partner violence, sexual violence by non-partners, trafficking in women, torture or cruel act, discrimination, socio-cultural attitudes, male authority on day-to-day function, dowry disputes, high risk of reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections such as AIDS. It can be said that eliminating the domestic violence against women remains the serious challenge in Myanmar. Even after the accession of CEDAW, Myanmar has no specific law even for violence against women and so far, for domestic violence. It is consistently sure that Myanmar government needs to take up the urgent and concrete measures to eradicate the violence against women and to manage for care and rehabilitation on the women suffered violence, i.e. domestic violence.
Su Yin Htun
- Department of Historical Research and National Library Press Journal