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Panties for Peace

A campaign in solidarity with the women of Burma, supported by Rights & Democracy

Support the women of Burma
Strip the military regime’s power
Send your panties for peace!

The Panties for Peace Campaign

The Panties for Peace campaign was launched by the women’s organization Lanna Action for Burma (LAB) (To learn more about the LAB Panty Party: on Oct. 16, 2007, in the hopes of bringing an end to the military regime’s rampant abuse of Burma’s population – and the abuse of Burma’s women in particular.

What can panties do for peace in Burma?

The Panties for Peace campaign plays on the regime leaders’ superstitious fear that contact with a woman’s underpants will rob them of their power. Women around the world are asked to post their panties to local Burmese embassies in a bid to strip the regime of its power and bring an end to its gross violations of human rights, especially those committed against Burma’s women.

The Panties for Peace campaign in Canada

The Panties for Peace campaign in Quebec and across Canada was launched by a coalition of feminist and civil society organizations* coordinated by the Montreal-based Fédération des Femmes du Québec (Quebec Women’s Federation) and the Rights & Democracy Student Network. The goal of the Canadian campaign is to raise awareness about the human rights abuses against women in Burma and to encourage Canadian support for ongoing efforts to help victims of Burma’s decades-old humanitarian crisis.

Here’s what you can do :

1) Clean out your drawers,
• choose some panties,
• Write a message of solidarity on them (for example, « Solidarity with Burma », « Oust the Military Regime! » « Take that, Than Shwe! » …) and/or print the flower-shaped sticker displaying the leaders of the military regime (available on Lanna Action for Burma).

2) Send your package to the representatives of the military junta in Canada :
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
85 Range Rd, 903
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 8J6

Not from Canada?
Send to the closest Burmese Embassy.

OR if you prefer, send directly to Burma:
Senior General Than Shwe
Chairman, State Peace and Development Council
c/o Ministry of Defence
Naypyitaw, Union of Myanmar

Suggestions regarding mailing your panties:

We have learned that reprensentatives of the military junta at the Burnese Embassy may sometimes return the enveloppe to the sender without opening it. This is a proof that the Campaign is working!

We suggest that you use an alternative Return to sender adress, for example:

An embassy of a country that is friendly to the military regime in Burma (China, Singapore, India, etc.)
A journalist, newspaper, radio station (see The Campaign in the Media section for examples).

You can also take a picture of your panties and send the print as a postcard, without having to send the actual panties in an envelope.

*List of the members of the Coalition in support and solidarity with Lanna Action for Burma

Amis (es) québécois (es) de la Birmanie (AQB)
AQOCI (Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale)
Association pour la défense des droits sociaux Québec métro
CALACS de Rouyn-Noranda
CALACS Entre Elles - Lac St-Jean
Canadian Friends of Burma – Ami(e)s canadien(ne)s de la Birmanie
Centr’Elles, comité d’action des femmes d’Avignon
Centre Au Cœur des Femmes
Centre avec des Elles
Centre de femmes de la MRC de Bonaventure
Centre de femmes l’Éclaircie
Centre de femmes l’Étincelle de Baie-Comeau
Centre de femmes Parmi Elles
Centre des femmes italiennes de Montréal
Centre-Femmes du Grand-Portage
Comité femmes du Front commun des personnes assistées sociales du Québec
Conseil d’intervention pour l’accès des femmes au travail
Fédération des femmes du Québec
Fédération des ressources d’hébergement pour femmes violentées et en difficulté du Québec
Fédération québécoise pour le planning des naissances
Femmes en Mouvement
L’R des centres de femmes du Québec
L’autre Parole
Point d’appui
Regroupement Naissance-Renaissance
Regroupement provincial des maisons d’hébergement et de transition pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale
Regroupement québécois des CALACS (centres d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel)
Reporters sans frontières Canada
Rights and Democracy Student Network

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