Contested spaces during transition

regime change in Myanmar and its implications for women

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This article examines recent political and legal developments in Myanmar to promote and protect Buddhism and their implications for women. Myanmar is currently undergoing political regime change. While periods of transition often present an opportunity to contest stereotypical gender roles and discriminatory cultural practices, a rise in Buddhist ethno-nationalism risks undermining women's "spaces" in society. Drawing on qualitative research interviews with members of civil society and other actors in Yangon, this article discusses the accelerated development of laws on the protection of race and religion alongside the parallel development of Myanmar's first law specifically addressing violence against women, to explore how women's legal and social status is susceptible to contestation during Myanmar's current political transition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-108
Number of pages34
JournalCardozo journal of law and gender
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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