UN must step up for the women of Burma
Lucy Turnbull; 8/3/10
Australian women should never settle for anything less than full equality and equal pay for equal work. On International Women’s Day, we should also cast our minds to the unsatisfactory fact that there are not nearly enough senior women managers, chief executives or directors of our large corporations. But we should also look beyond our shores. All Australians should reflect on the lives of women who are permanently marked by deep and deepening tragedy and injustice – women such as Aung San Suu Kyi and countless thousands of Burmese women. For decades Suu Kyi, her Burmese sisters and ethnic minorities have undergone systematic cruelty – political persecution and imprisonment in her case, and in the case of her Burmese sisters, acts of criminal brutality: torture, rape, and displacement at the hands of the military dictatorship. There will be “elections” in Burma this year. But we should not be fooled into believing they will be free or fair.