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Reaching all communities and sustaining achievements for all communities in Rakhine State remain priorities for Japan-UN Partnership

Monday, October 22, 2018

Marking the mid-term of the implementation of joint humanitarian and development projects aimed at benefitting all communities in Rakhine State, the Government of Japan and seven UN Agencies namely IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNWOMEN and WFP, confirmed that the partnership, under the humanitarian-development nexus, has enabled the provision of substantial and vital support in Rakhine State including crisis affected areas. An agreement totaling 2.2 billion Yen (USD... More

EU, ILO and UN Women join hands to end violence against women migrant workers in ASEAN/Myanmar

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Today, EU, ILO and UN Women are organizing a national Consultative Dialogue on women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities. The consultation will introduce the new ILO and UN Women “Safe and Fair” Programme to key partners and identify activities which could be undertaken in Myanmar building on the on-going efforts by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Settlement to promote safe and... More

Officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand recommend steps to protect migrant workers

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Government officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand have jointly recommended steps to protect the millions of migrant workers in the region from exploitation and abuse. The officials from various ministries made the recommendations at a 24-25 May consultation that also included employers, civil society and international humanitarian organizations, and United Nations agencies - UN Women, International Organization for Migration... More

Training on Federalism and Women's Rights Given to 40 Future Leaders

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Forty potential future leaders from across Myanmar have received training on the proposed federal system of government and how it can open opportunities to boost the status and participation of women in the country's affairs. The Myanmar Federalism Leadership Programme, held here during 16-26 November, was jointly organized by Hanns Seidel Foundation (Germany), UN Women, Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (Myanmar), and Canterbury Christ Church University... More

In a community in Myanmar, a ‘role model’ changes attitudes and actions

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tin Moe Tun farms for a living, but he is also trying to cultivate something else in his little village: an understanding among the men that it’s not OK to demean and attack women and girls. The village is poor, and economic opportunities are hard to come by. Many of the men want to live ‘freely’ and don’t like outsiders telling them what to do, some of them find solace in alcohol and the social... More

From the Margins to the Center: Step it Up for Women and Girls in Myanmar’s Peace Process

Friday, November 11, 2016

On the 16th anniversary of the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325, UN Women in Myanmar organized a multi-stakeholder panel dialogue focused on women’s empowerment, participation and leadership in the Myanmar peace process. More specifically, the panel focussed on the specific strategies to ensure (a) 30 per cent participation of capacitated women in Myanmar’s Peace Dialogues and (b) that all issues are addressed and acted upon also from a gender equality and women’s rights... More

The nationwide ceasefire from a gender equality and women's rights perspective

Monday, July 4, 2016

What do gender equality advocates in Myanmar want from a nationwide ceasefire and does the existing nationwide ceasefire agreement deliver this? A new publication by UN Women, “The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar: A Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Analysis”, explores this... More

Religions uphold the equality and dignity of women, religious leaders say in seminar organized by UN Women Myanmar

Friday, March 11, 2016

Prominent leaders of four religions in Myanmar have gathered together to jointly send out a clear message: No religion justifies discrimination or violence against women. The Buddhist, Catholic, Muslim and Hindu leaders spoke at a 5 March panel discussion that UN Women organized with Religions for Peace Myanmar to celebrate International Women’s Day. About 120 people attended the half-day event in Yangon, including members of the four religious... More

Myanmar’s survivors of violence: Getting justice in the courts, not settlements in the community

Friday, March 11, 2016

She was a perfect target for human traffickers: an orphan, 20 years old, poor and with little chance to make any income, living with her siblings and grandmother in Yangon. So the woman left when a broker promised a job in Meiktila, in the Mandalay Region, about 518 kilometres (322 miles) north of Yangon by road. But when she arrived, she... More

Mon State, Myanmar: Launch of Publication, “Why Gender Matters in Conflict and Peace: Perspectives from Mon and Kayin States”

Friday, November 27, 2015

Conflict affects women and men differently and puts their lives and properties at different risks. However, women are not just victims of conflict. Mon and Karen women engage within their communities in creative strategies to mitigate the impact of conflict and contribute in many ways to peace. Yet their contributions to peace are generally unrecognised and undocumented, and women are largely absent in political decision-making and the peace process. These are some of the... More

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