Myanmar's military authorities announced a third six-month extension to a state of emergency on Wednesday, effectively delaying elections the junta had pledged to hold by August, citing instability caused by continued resistance attacks as the reason for the move.
Mothers who have lost sons, young women training as combat medics –none of Myanmar's population has been left untouched by the tumult that has engulfed the country since the military coup two years ago.
Of the nearly 18,000 local administrators elected across Myanmar in 2012, only 42 were women. As the country prepares to hold local elections, a new report has highlighted the extreme gender imbalance at the grassroots level of government.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.