Where we are and what we do
The UN Women Country Office programme is based on strong evidence that suggests investing in transformative approaches to women’s empowerment has a multiplier effect on sustainable development, and creates a peaceful and resilient community. Currently, UN Women Myanmar main office is located in Yangon and has field presences in three other states - Kachin, Rakhine and Mon - with a further office in the capital, Naypyidaw, looking to be established in early 2019. This presence in Naypyidaw will work to further gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with Myanmar’s national priorities and to facilitate support of international commitments such as CEDAW and the Beijing Platform for Action, as UN Women Myanmar continues to closely partner with the government at both the national, regional and state level, particularly with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
At present, UN Women Myanmar is focused on these core programmes:
- “Inclusive Development and Economic Empowerment of Women in Rakhine State”, funded by the Government of Japan and, complementing and building upon this programme, the area-based UN Women-UNDP joint programme “Women’s Empowerment and Resilient Inclusive Communities in Rakhine”, funded by the Government of Canada.
- “Preventing and Mitigating the Impacts of Trafficking Through Women’s Empowerment in Kachin State”, funded by the Government of Japan.
- “Safe & Fair: Realising Women Migrant Workers’ Rights and Opportunities in the ASEAN Region” (2018-2022), which is part of the multi-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls. Safe & Fair is implemented by the ILO and UN Women.
- “Centering Women and their Priorities in Myanmar’s Peace Process: Implementing UNSC Resolution 1325 (Phase II)”, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy.