Women’s Voices for Hope” is the sixth edition of the
Women’s Voices series. This book is a collection of stories
and poems about the diverse experiences of women refugees, exiles
and women activists from inside Burma.
The contributors, many of who are
first time writers, have shared their experiences of conflict and
human rights abuses under the Burma military regime. At the same
time they speak with determination and hope of the type of future
they envisage for Burma – a future of democracy, freedom and
human rights for all.
• “To Save Our People”
& “In The Dam’s Path” – stories by 2
Yintalai women, sharing their concerns about the future of the remaining
1,000 Yintalai people of Burma and their struggle to stop the Salween
dam project that threatens to wash their communities away.
• “With My Own Two Eyes”- tells the story of a
Karen woman activist’s journeys inside Karen State to help
raise human rights and environmental awareness among her people.
• “Speaking Out Can Make A Difference” and “Not
the Lord of the Rings” - focus on the effects of sexual violence
by the military regime, through the eyes of women responsible for
documenting cases of sexual violence.
• “Why?” - is one of several stories exploring
different situations of women migrant workers in Thailand.
“This new, sixth collection
of, “Women’s Voices” are the voices of women shouting
out to the world for an audience. We must open our ears to these
voices who courageously dare to speak out. We must open our hearts
to the vision that these women tenaciously work for. We must act
to support them, as they refuse to give up in the face of danger.”
- Excerpt from Foreword by Ms Nursyahbani Katjasungkana - Indonesian
parliamentarian and a well known feminist lawyer and activist.