Women in Southeast Asia: Resisting Militarism, Asserting Sovereignty

Women express their concern about the enhanced interest of the United States (US) in Southeast Asia. They know from experience that US presence in their countries results in intervention and control. They vividly remember Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. And in every intervention, women and children suffer from sexual abuse and violence. As recorded, the US intrusion has spawned an increased militarization and armed conflicts in the Asia-Pacific region, where 80% of victims comprise women and children.

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