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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...

From where I stand: “They forced me to get pregnant”

Thursday, January 3, 2019

[The broker] convinced my aunty that I could get a job in China. I had stopped school and was not doing anything, so I needed a job. She showed me a picture of a phone factory, and a shoe-making factory. But when I arrived in China in May 2017, they forced me to get pregnant. They gave me pills for 10 days to prepare the womb. Then I went for a medical checkup to see if my womb...

Tackling human trafficking in Myanmar

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Khawng Nu* was 22 years old when she was trafficked from the state of Kachin, northern Myanmar, to China. There are few job opportunities in the conflict affected and impoverished state, so when a woman from her village offered her work in a factory in China, Khawng Nu happily accepted. Upon arrival in China, she discovered that her womb would be the ‘factory’. “They give pills to women and inject them with sperm for them to carry babies for Chinese men..

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...

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...

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