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The Status of Women's Rights and the Peace Process in Myanmar

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 12:20pm to 1:15pm

Myron Taylor Hall, 182
Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

The Berger International Speaker Series and Southeast Asia Program Present:

“The Status of Women’s Rights and the Peace Process in Myanmar

May Sabe Phyu
Director, Gender Equality Network (GEN)

Please RSVP by November 1 to participate in lunch.


May Sabe Phyu is a women’ and ethnic minority rights activist in her native Myanmar, also known as Burma. In 2015, she received an International Women of Courage Award from the US Department of State for her work advocating for women’s rights and peaceful end to decades of armed conflict and displacement in Kachin State. As a Director of the Gender Equality Network in Burma, a coalition of more than 90 organizations collaborating to advocate for women’s rights, May Sabe Phyu is leading civil society efforts to end discrimination and to ensure that women play a role in rebuilding and Myanmar’s ongoing peace process.

During her talk, May Sabe Phyu will assess the status of women’s rights and the peace process in Myanmar today, exactly 2 years after the election of Aung San Su Kyi’s party the National League for Democracy to power. She is joined at Cornell by her husband, Patrick Kum Jaa Lee, a former political prisoner who has worked with families displaced by conflict in Kachin and Northern Shan States.

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