According to the 2015 Myanmar Labour Force Survey Report, 1.13 million children aged five to 17 years, or 9.3 percent of children are working.
The 2017 Report on Sexual Assault from the Myanmar Ministry of Home Affairs reveals that child rape accounts for more than half of all reported sexual assaults. The number of reported rapes increased from 1,100 in 2016 to 1,405 in 2017.
However the real number is likely much higher.
Khine hopes her app will help women begin to put the blame where it belongs — on their attackers — and that they’ll be supported instead of shamed when they make a complaint.
This year the Myanmar government will submit the draft Prevention and Protection of Violence Against Women Act to Parliament. If it passes, it will offer Myanmar women legal protection from domestic violence, marital rape, sexual violence and workplace harassment, and will provide legal and medical support to survivors.
In the meantime, Khine’s work will continue. DIVAS has received a cash prize of about US$4,500 to help with startup costs and office space for one year, commercial and technical support Ooredoo Myanmar, incubation support from IMPACT HUB Yangon, and USD$5,000 from UNDP.