Southeast Asian Women Call For Greater Opportunities, Lament War and Repression

International Women’s Day was celebrated throughout Southeast Asia on Friday through peaceful processions calling for equal opportunities for all women and personal appeals for greater female involvement in politics in the traditionally conservative, male-dominated region.

While women in Myanmar, which is led by a prominent female leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, lamented their low representation in positions of power and the suffering of refugees from the country’s civil wars, activists in Cambodia were prevented from marching on Friday. In Vietnam, NGOs called attention to jailed women bloggers and journalists.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the movement for women’s rights.

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