Justice for Aung San Suu Kyi: End Male Power Structures

by Chris Lombardi

This week, we're continuing WVFC's Nine Women to Run the World campaign, first with Monday's piece about Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Now, our friends at On The Issues Magazine talks about another of our nominees, Aung San Suu Kyi, in the piece below by Janet Benshoof (from the current issue, which also includes audio memoirs from Gloria Feldt about legalizing birth control and a history of women resisting the Nazis from editor Cynthia Cooper).

Global Justice Center President Janet Benshoof is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer who has established landmark legal precedents on women's rights, the right to free expression, freedom of religion, and gender crimes in transitional justice law, and is currently developing new legal tools to implement gender equality, focusing on transitional democracies and enforcing criminal accountability during conflict. Ms. Benshoof has been selected by the National Law Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America", and is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship in recognition of her singular contributions to advancing women's legal rights.Aung's predicament, Benshoof writes , exemplifies some basic failures of global governance. Imagine if all the women who won Nobel prizes, she adds, next got to run their countries, and could use what only they know.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s unwavering commitment to a nonviolent path to democracy in Burma, and her decades-long detention have made her a global icon. But true justice for Aung San Suu Kyi requires dismantling the male power structures, as well as addressing her situation and that of the people in Burma. Women Nobel laureates are now organizing to find new strategies to challenge these obstacles.

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