WOMEN POLITICAL PRISONERS IN BURMA

Women in politics must combat the cultural landscape marked by male dominated households and political offices, which place women in the role of passive observer. Women are able to discuss the basic social issues, yet often are prohibited from decision making. The women’s position is that of domestic caretaker, not policy maker. This rigidity of custom stifles many women – while some women believe women should have the same rights as men, not all these women succeed or even attempt to overcome long standing biases. Some women submit to prevailing standards and maintain that only men should concern themselves with politics.