In 2010, Walking Amongst Sharp Knives was published which focused on the increasing number of female village chiefs, and the resultant impacts of this.
The practice of the Burmese Army to execute village heads has led to traditional Karen culture being turned upside-down, with women now being appointed village chiefs as they are seen as less likely to be killed. However, this change has put women in the frontline of human rights abuses. These abuses constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. The report can be downloaded through the link above.