Women's League of Chinland, India

chinland-thumb.jpgGlobal Fund grantees Women’s League of Chinland (WLC) and the Women’s League of Burma work closely with the Chin refugee community in India. At the Global Fund for Women, refugee rights of women and girls has long been a core component of our work. To date, we have supported 329 organizations working with refugees and internally displaced people in 68 countries, totaling over $6 million in grants. 

An ethnic minority in Burmese society, the Chin were exploited through unreasonable taxation and other repressive measures, so most fled to India. Chin are among the world’s 50 million refugees, over 75 percent of which the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates are women and children.

Burma-Poster-suukyii.jpgAt the Global Fund for Women, refugee rights of women and girls has long been a core component of our work. In addition to often experiencing abuse and violence from their families and communities, refugee women and girls are especially vulnerable to being trafficked. To date, we have supported 329 organizations working with refugees and internally displaced people in 68 countries, totaling over $6 million in grants. 

Founded in 2004, the Women’s League of Chinland (WLC) is based in Mizoram, a north-eastern state of India. WLC and the Women’s League of Burma work closely with the Chin refugee community in India. The WLC is an umbrella organization for nine Chin women’s groups that offer a range of programs such as resisting norms of domestic violence and abuse in their families. In addition, WLC also helps women organize for political advocacy. For example, it is leading efforts to educate women on the Chinland and Burmese Constitutions, so they can play a role in drafting both constitutions. Another priority is ensuring that Chin women, wherever they are, unite and develop a common agenda for their advancement.

Find out more about Chin women and the work of the Women’s League of Chinland.
GFW Support: One grant in 2008-09 for $5,000

By Iris Garcia on the Program Team and Preeti Shekar from the Communications team of the Global Fund.

 
 

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