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UN Women and Rohingya women at the frontline of COVID-19 response

Monday, June 1, 2020

The world in lockdown has created a ‘profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway[1]. Primarily as caregivers, women are not just sustaining families, but also serving as front-line responders, mainly in the health and service sector.

A woman in a Myanmar village tries to rescue her small business from the COVID-19 pandemic

Monday, May 4, 2020

UN Women has been working with other United Nations agencies, partners and the Government to raise public awareness about COVID-19. Initiatives by UN Women’s Sittwe office include providing information geared toward women, helping women get health and social protection services, and ensuring that virus control measures, such as quarantine centres, meet women’s needs and concerns

From where I stand: About COVID-19, “most people cannot differentiate between true and false information”

Monday, May 4, 2020

Mi Kun Chan Non is the chairperson of Mon Women’s Organization, which helps empower the women of the Mon ethnic group in Myanmar.

Women mobilize to prevent COVID-19 in crowded Rohingya refugee camps

Friday, April 17, 2020

To prevent an added humanitarian crisis in the already-vulnerable Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 24 Rohingya volunteers are working with UN Women to mobilize their communities and raise awareness on COVID-19.

Journeys out of the Ordinary | Namwaan

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

I left Myanmar to go to Thailand 16 years ago because I wanted to have a better job and better wages. I could do many tasks, but there was no job in my village in Kayin State that provided enough income for me to support my family. At the time, information about migration was not as easy to find as it is today, especially in my small village.

Humanitarian workers in Myanmar race to strengthen their skills on gender equality

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Although humanitarian staff may be used to activity in the field, they may not have expected to be running at a training workshop. But a Gender Relay Race was one of several interactive exercises at the Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) Training-of-Trainers (ToT) Workshop held in Yangon from 23 to 26 April 2019. Organized by UN Women, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the goal of the ToT was to meet the demand for dedicated training in this area and create a pool of GiHA trainers and human resources in Myanmar.

With UN Women’s help, Myanmar’s women activists learn new skills for advocacy

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Twenty-five staff members of 10 civil society organizations and international non-governmental groups attended the training from 27 to 29 March in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in western Myanmar. UN Women organized the training under its Inclusive Development and Empowerment of Women in Rakhine State programme to strengthen their ability to advocate for gender-responsive policies and programmes. The participants learned about key concepts on gender and Myanmar’s commitments under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Public servants in Myanmar learn how to better serve women and girls in the communities

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

UN Women has been supporting the Government of Myanmar’s National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women for 2018-2022 by training public servants on how to best meet women’s needs and rights in Rakhine State. A team of foreign and local gender experts guided a total of 158 public servants in learning how to be more responsive to gender concerns and how to implement the National Strategic Plan at the local level. The trainings were done in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare.

UN Women and Norway cooperate to support peace process in Myanmar through the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Friday, April 5, 2019

UN Women Myanmar with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Yangon is implementing the second phase of the project, ‘Centering Women and their Priorities in the Peace Process: Implementing the UNSCR 1325 and Related Resolutions’. Initiated in 2017, the programme will continue into 2020 with the aim of ensuring the implementation of the national commitments and accountability frameworks on the Women, Peace and Development Plans (WPDP) in south-eastern Myanmar.

Activists battle multiple kinds of discrimination to secure right to citizenship in Myanmar

Friday, February 15, 2019

To strengthen joint action on nationality rights, UN Women and UNHCR convened key women’s civil society organizations (CSOs), gender equality networks and women’s empowerment advocates from across Myanmar, representing diverse states, ethnicities, religions, transgendered persons, sex workers, networks of women living with HIV and women with disabilities, philanthropists, faith-based leaders and celebrities. Participants came...

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