How to support the Civil Disobedience Movement in Myanmar
On March 4th, AWID held a live conversation with feminists and activists who are at the forefront of Myanmar’s protests.
May Sabe Phyu (Gender Equality Network), Tin Tin Nyo (Burmese Women’s Union and Burma News International), Hla Myat Tun (Colours Rainbow) and Nandar (Purple Feminist Group) spoke about the situation on the ground and the current Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) in Myanmar. As part of the movement, they are resisting the military coup and takeover of the country that took place in early February.
“From the first week we have been protesting and going out. And when you go out you will see that women as well as LGBTQI people are in a different line of these protests. And they have been the voices of democracy and they have been standing up for democracy, risking their life. And it's amazing to witness, this unity among all of us despite the fact that we are different...” – Nandar
For weeks now, the military and police have been arresting leaders, activists, social influencers and protestors. They have been abusing the rights of civilians, women, and LGBTQI people. They have been criminalizing peaceful expression under the Penal Code Section 505(b). They have been using tear gas to disperse protests and real bullets to kill civilians.
The CDM urgently needs your support.
The activists we spoke to shared the following demands:
Journalists and Media:
- amplify voices that have not been amplified yet.
Friends and Allies:
- listen and share stories of Myanmar people and their struggles outsides of the mainstream media,
- Ask the people on the ground how they would like to be supported,
- Contact your governments and demand they act now.
Donors and philanthropists:
support by giving and allocating financial resources geographically beyond Rangoon and Mandalay and into different areas, including:
- medical support,
- hiring experts to help with strategizing around safety in conflict situations,
- translation work of necessary and helpful resources into languages spoken by the people of Myanmar.
Translators and Interpreters:
- support with the translation of resources.
Mental health professionals:
- support the CDM by offering its activists mental health related conversations and coaching through different formats, including virtual meetings and webinars for activists on the ground.