Slowly getting out of isolation after 70 years of armed conflit with one of the least developed economies in the world, Myanmar holds a predominantly buddhist community being incited to violence by some extremist factions against other religious minorities as this former British colony transitions gradually into democracy on a climate of economic insecurity.
Protectors of moral authority the Buddhist monks in Myanmar are widely respected and revered as a source for ways of conduct and values on a traditionally matriarchal society that until nowadays withholds equalitarian rights between men and women. Monks are omnipresent in the streets, temples and as well on coffee shops and buses where plenty broadcast time on tv is provided for their lectures. Although receivers of such cultural heritage contemporary Burmese families with limited resources under the military regime prioritised the rights of males as women endured unpaid work amongst other forms of abuse.
Although the call to democracy has been repeatedly made, even by the monks, change as been inexorably slow. The country seems to be living at two speeds: the easing of sanctions brought a increased connection with the outside world and a boom in the use of the internet while still many Burmese maintain their traditional way of life as if nothing has happened.