Common Charter of Demands by Women’s Groups for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment across the Peace-Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Kachin State, Myanmar

Women and girls in Kachin State are born to experience the nature of earth’s beauty, and to contribute peace, harmony and well-being in their families, communities, overall society and the nation to shape the process for sustainable development for all. On June 9, 2011, human-made armed conflict emerged in Kachin State, and has since then resulted in extensive loss of life, damage to infrastructures, destruction of livelihoods and protracted and continuous displacement of more than 100,000 civilians. Prolonged displacement and further restricted humanitarian access since 2016 has affected the displaced communities’ coping resilience, compounding vulnerabilities and marginalisation, and exposing communities to negative coping mechanisms, protection risks and threats including gender-based violence and human trafficking.

Among the displaced and conflict affected population, women and girls are disproportionately impacted due to persistent gender inequalities and gender discrimination in society stemming from socio-cultural and religious norms, and further reflected across laws, policies, formal and informal institutions. Women from ethnic and religious minority groups, women of lower socio-economic status, displaced women, women living with disabilities, gender-based violence and human trafficking survivors, elderly women, adolescent girls, girls, pregnant and lactating women, transgender, lesbian and queer women are among the worst impacted suffering from multiple layers of discrimination and marginalization and who require targeted attention. This scenario is impeding women and girls in Kachin State’s participation in decision making, as well as their inclusion in recovery, transition, and peace processes, in order to shape peace, humanitarian and development policy, planning and programmes.

Yet women, women’s organisations and advocates are willing and ready to step up, if given the support and opportunities. It is crucial for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment to be recognized as a central element of peace building, humanitarian action and sustainable development. Achieving gender equality is precursor and accelerator for effective, accountable and sustainable strategies and together we all share a collective responsibility to achieve it. Hence, the Kachin State Women’s Network and its member organisations call on all stakeholders and duty bearers from across the Government of Myanmar, local authorities, CSOs, faith based organisations, and the international community to take action in accordance with this Common Charter of Demands for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment across the Peace-Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Kachin State, Myanmar.

Overall, and end to the conflict and promoting peace is the most paramount demand and dream of all people in Kachin State, Myanmar.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Myanmar

Subject area(s): Gender equality and women’s empowerment

Resource type: Discussion papers

Publication year: 2018

Number of pages: 16