2010 - 16 Days of Activism

Meet Ma Pu Sein, Burma

A participant in the 2010 International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women in Burma, an event co-hosted by the Women’s League of Burma and the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Ma Pu Sein was featured in "This Is My Witness", a film about the Tribunal produced by the Nobel Women's Initiative.

Meet Ma Pu Sein, Burma

Ma Pu Sein's harrowing testimony at the Tribunal recounted her experiences laboring on roads in Burma, where she was forced to endure backbreaking work under the viciously watchful eye of the junta. Worked mercilessly hard during the day, nightfall brought no refuge from the junta’s wrath: the women laborers were terrorized nightly the soldiers, who raped and killed at will. After four years of laboring on roads, Ma Pu Sein was able to escape the country but was forced to leave her children behind. She has since been reunited with her two daughters, but the whereabouts of her son remain unknown. Ma Pu Sein’s story is a searing example of an all-too-common tale in Burma.

Watch a clip of Ma Pu Sein from the Nobel Women's Initiative film, "This Is My Witness".