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Myanmar: Burmese army recruits female soldiers as it struggles to tackle rebel groups

If you're a single female between the ages of 25 and 30, 1.6 metres (5ft 3in) or taller and weighing less than 59kg (130lbs), then the Tatmadaw – Burma's military – may be looking for you. Once limited to working only as nurses in the military, Burmese women are now...

ASEAN SOGIE Caucus highlights exclusion of LGBTs from ASEAN anti-violence declaration

Asian LGBT rights coalition the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) SOGIE Caucus have expressed their disappointment that LGBT people were left out of two recently passed anti-violence declarations for the region. Activists hoped that the ASEAN Declarations on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Elimination of Violence...

Philippine Wartime Sexual Abuse Victim Promoting Human Rights

A Philippine survivor of wartime rape and human trafficking is in Winnipeg to share her story with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Lola Fidencia David, 86, was accompanied Thursday by Cristina Lope Rosello, a Filipina therapist who helps former comfort women deal with the trauma of their past. David was...

Malaysia Expresses Concern Over Sexual, Gender-based Crimes

KUALA LUMPUR Oct 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has expressed concern over sexual and gender-based crimes and strongly believes that ending impunity is crucial in the quest to put an end to sexual violence in times of conflict. Citing progress made over the years, Charge D' Affaires of the Permanent Mission...

“Comfort Women” Survivor from Philippines Promotes Human Rights Against Wartime Rape, Human Trafficking

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 21, 2013) - One of the last living survivors of military sexual slavery in the Second World War spoke to more than a thousand Toronto high school students today, part of a visit to Canada organized by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the...

Vietnam, Laos: Officials Involved in Abduction, Trafficking, and Sex Slavery of Women, Children

WASHINGTON & HANOI, Vietnam — Ethnic Hmong, Lao and Montagnard girls, including children, are being abducted and forced into marriage and prostitution at an alarming rate by corrupt government and military officials in Vietnam and Laos according to statements issued jointly today by non-governmental organizations. The Lao Human Rights Council,...

One third of Vietnamese youths do not use contraceptive measures

Unexpected pregnancy remains a big problem as 34.6 percent of young Vietnamese people aged 20-24 do not use contraceptive measures, according to statistics announced on Monday. The figures were released at a ceremony held in Hanoi on Monday to introduce the State of World Population 2013 Report issued by the...

Nearly 500,000 teens give birth in Indonesia annually

JAKARTA - As many as 1.7 million local girls and women under the age of 24 give birth annually, with nearly a half a million of them being teenagers, a representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Indonesia has said. "Young people account for 37 per cent of...

As the Philippines Reel, Empowering Women in the Face of Disaster Is an Imperative

As aid agencies mobilise to relieve suffering in the Philippines following the devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan, the impact of emergencies on women and girls will once again be thrown into sharp relief. As will the imperative of empowering women to develop their self-confidence, to speak up and...

Rights Groups Call on ASEAN to Implement New Declaration on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Children in Accordance with International Standards

Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists called on members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to increase efforts to protect the rights of women and children in light of the newly adopted Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Elimination of Violence against...