- Women’s Voices for Peace” is the 7th edition of the
Women’s Voices series, a collection of stories and poems written
by women of Burma about their experiences as refugees, human rights
activists, migrant workers, and political prisoners.
This edition includes a story of a female political prisoner
inside her jail cell, one woman’s trek through heavily mined
areas to provide training on women’s health, and other stories
of struggle with domestic violence, displacement, and life in
Burma under military oppression. Also featured are two stories
of Rohingya women who were persecuted by the Burma military regime
and forced to leave their villages.
"All of the stories hold an undeniable
power imbued with the bravery, honesty and the extraordinary spirit
of survival that lies within the heart of each storyteller. The
stories also give testimony to the powerful spirit of human beings
in maintaining their right to voice an opinion that might go against
the grain of the powers that be. It is my heart-felt wish that
their hopes for a peaceful future will finally be realized in
the near future." - Excerpt from Introduction by Janie
Conway-Herron, senior lecturer in creative writing at Southern
Cross University in Australia and facilitator of the Women Writers
Workshops on the Thai-Burma border.