Families sit in an HIV/AIDS clinic in Yangon's South Dagon township in Myanmar.
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IVAWA was reintroduced to Congress on November 21, an effort to make women's rights a permanent part of US foreign policy.
Recent news coverage of Myanmar has focused on promising developments in this long-suffering nation: the nascent political reforms, the election of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to parliament, and the West’s suspension of sanctions.
However, little attention has been paid to more immediate needs of the Burmese people like affordable, decent maternal healthcare and more challenging obstacles like providing justice for past military abuses.
This series explores the status of women's rights in Myanmar during this time of transition and evaluates the impact of reforms on women's health, rights and political involvement.