urmese women’s rights activists and government officials aim to finish drafting a bill by the end of the year to prevent violence against women, activists say.
“Once enacted, it would be the first law to ensure the protection of women from all forms of violence, including physical, mental, sexual and verbal violence,” May Sabe Phyu, a peace activist and coordinator of the Gender Equality Network (GEN), a large network of civil society organizations, told The Irrawaddy on Friday.
Activists began drafting the bill with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in 2012.
“We are still in the drafting process on the anti-violence against women [bill],” Myat Myat Ohn Khin, the minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement, told The Irrawaddy. “We have been drafting bills for disabled people, childhood development and other socio-economic issues, so we are trying our best.”