The women, a law lecturer and a civil servant, said they trust the police, the state government and the democratic society of Kerala to keep them safe.
Lawmakers, activists and ethnic representatives hope for progress in 2019, but the events of recent years temper their expectations with caution
The Irrawaddy profiles the individuals and issues that shaped headlines in 2018, for better or worse.
Women and girls need the support of the entire community in pushing against the societal norms that continue to silence the sufferers of harassment and sexual abuse today.
As part of an international women’s rights campaign, groups in Myanmar are holding 16 days of awareness-raising, renewing their push for the enactment of a delayed protection law