The Dawei Special Economic Zone Project, a joint industrial venture of Thailand and Burma, threatens the livelihoods of local families, particularly women. Since the inception of the project, women have been excluded from the decision-making processes, experienced sexual harassment by project workers and suffered from income loss, land confiscation and food insecurity. As DSEZ is in violation of the rights of the local communities as enshrined in various international conventions, including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Tavoyan women are taking action to protect their rights through public protests and collective opposition. Photo credit: Tavoyan Women’s Union